Central Christian College’s men’s tennis team continues to get good production from the top half of its lineup.
The Tigers lost a tough 5-4 decision here Saturday to Simpson College, but Mark Gayer and Dylon Neal again stood out for CCC.
Gayer won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Neal was a 6-2, 6-0 winner. They combined for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles.
The Tigers, though, managed only one other point from the rest of the team, as Hugo Chavez and Rusty Blanchard triumphed 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.
"Today was very frustrating on several levels,” CCC coach Jeremy Nelson said. “We finally got over the hump in doubles and were able to win two of the three matches, which gave us the lead going into singles which has been our strong suit all season. We just couldn't catch a break today."
Chavez drew praise for his play.
"I was proud of the way Hugo played today despite the circumstances he faced in his match,” Nelson said. “In tennis, most of the time there are no officials at the matches, and all calls are made and rules are enforced by the players. There was dispute in Hugo's match early in the second set and his opponent, as well as the coach of Simpson, questioned Hugo's character by accusing of him of not calling the lines fairly. Hugo handled everything with the utmost class. He came back to win the second set and force a third-set tiebreaker. He ultimately lost the match, but even in defeat, showed more class than his opponent and the opposing coach.”
CCC is 0-5 on the year, with back-to-back one-point losses. It hosts Southwestern College on Wednesday.