DENVER — The Bethany College men's tennis team continued its fast start to the season Thursday by picking up two more wins.
The Swedes beat Metropolitan State College of Denver 8-1 and Colorado State University-Pueblo, 7-2. The two wins put Bethany at 7-0 for the season.
The Swedes started fast against Metropolitan State College winning all three doubles matches. After Bethany dropped the No. 1 singles match to the Roadrunners, they rattled off the next five singles matches.
Michiel Van Den Bogaert and Laurentsi Arakhamiya picked up a 9-8 (1) victory in the No. 1 doubles. Edgardo Tapia and Manuel Raga won the No. 2 doubles match, 8-1. Mensford Owusu and Aaron Moses, Jr. finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-6 victory.
Tapia also won his No. 2 singles match 7-5, 4-6 and 10-8 in the tie-breaker. Raga followed him with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 3 singles match. Owusu beat Trevor Jones 6-4, 6-0 in his No. 4 singles match. Van Den Bogaert won his singles match 7-5, and 6-0. Amir Rahbar won his match 4-6, 7-5, and an 11-9 tie-breaker.
Like the match against the Roadrunners, Bethany swept the doubles matches against Colorado State University-Pueblo. Bethany then went on to win four of the six singles matches against the Thunder Wolves.
Van Den Bogaert and Arakhamiya won No. 1 doubles 8-3, Raga and Tapia won their No. 2 doubles match 8-2, and Owusu and Moses Jr. picked up an 8-5 No. 3 doubles victory.
Tapia won his No. 1 singles match 7-5, 4-6, and 12-10 in a tie-breaker. Raga picked up a 6-3, 6-1 straight sets No. 2 singles victory. Owusu lost a close No. 3 singles match, 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 10-8 tie-breaker. Van Den Bogaert won in straight sets; 6-4 and 6-1. Rahbar picked up the final Swedes win with a 6-1 and 6-4 victory in the No.1 singles match. Tucker Clary dropped his match 7-6 (7-4) and 6-0 in the No. 6 singles spot.
"We played two solid teams in Metro State and CSU-Pueblo,” BC coach Vic Bateman said. “Sweeping the doubles was big as it gave us a near insurmountable lead going into the singles matches. The team was inspired by seeing Bethany College Tennis Legend 'Dicky Danger' in the stands and came out firing on all cylinders. This was a great tune-up for the gauntlet we run through over the next week."
Raga, Tapia, and Van Den Bogaert all went 4-0 on the day. Moses Jr. and Owusu played solid doubles to stay undefeated on the season. Raga is still undefeated on in both singles and doubles matches for the entire season.
The Swedes will now travel to California to play at Sonoma State on Saturday.