IRVINE, Calif. -- Bethany College's 14th-ranked men's tennis team (9-0) finished its spring break trip this week with an impressive 5-4 win over Concordia University-Irvine in California. The Eagles (5-5, 3-2 GSAC) are currently ranked No. 11 in the country.
Bethany's depth was again a big factor in the win. The Swedes dropped the No. 1 doubles, No. 1 singles, and No. 2 singles matches. The rest of the match was all Bethany as it won five of the next sixto claim the victory.
"We played well today to knock off a good (No. 11) ranked Concordia team. The difference was our depth. The middle of our lineup really dominated today," Bethany coach Vic Bateman. "I believe we have 10 different guys that could play in the No. 1 spot at a lot of schools, which creates a tough match up for anyone down low to compete against."
Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia picked up a win in the No. 2 doubles spot, while Mensford Owusu and Aaron Moses, Jr. won the No. 3. The Swedes led 2-1 after the doubles portion of the match.
Laurentsi Arakhamiya lost in No. 1 singles, 6-2 and 7-6. Raga also lost a heartbreaker in three sets in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 4-6, and 18-16. But that was where the tide began to turn. The Swedes won the next three singles matchups. Tapia won in the No.3 spot 6-2, 6-1. Owusu won in the No. 4spot 6-2 and 6-4, and Michiel Van Den Bogaert won the No. five singles in straight sets 6-2 and 6-0.
The Swedes come back to Lindsborg for their home opener, Thursday when they host the 25th-ranked team in the country, Oklahoma Baptist University.