It was a busy weekend of tennis for Central Christian College.
On Friday, the CCC teams played host to John Brown University, with the men losing 5-4 and the women 9-0.
The Tiger men, though, were tough at the top, as Mark Gayer (6-3, 6-4), Dylon Neal (6-2, 6-7, 10-6) and Hugo Chavez (6-0, 6-4) won at the first three spots. Gayer and Neal were an 8-4 winner at No. 1 doubles, as the Tigers continued their top-heavy season.
The Lady Tigers basically were overwhelmed by a strong JBU team. Megan Carter and Stevie Ellis turned in the closest match, losing 8-3 in doubles.
The CCC men then finally won a close match, 5-4 over Midland on Saturday. Gayer (6-2, 6-1), Neal (1-6, 6-1, 10-6), Chavez (6-0, 6-3) and Rusty Blanchard (5-7, 6-0, 10-5) all won in singles, with Gayer and Neal (8-6) taking the doubles match.
The Lady Tigers lost 6-3.
CCC won two of the doubles matches. Carter and Ellis were an 8-4 winner at No. 2 , while Shelbi Mathis and Kei Aizawa won at No. 3. Em Barnett won at No. 5 singles (8-5).
“I was very proud of the way we competed today,” CCC coach Jeremy Nelson said of the performance against Midland. “Our ladies showed much improvement in doubles doing the things we have been working on in practice. For the guys it was great to finally get a close match to go in our favor."
Nelson was happy for Blanchard, whose win clinched the match.
"Rusty really came through big for us today. I know the loss on Friday was weighing heavily on him, but he didn't let it affect him and he was able to win a huge match for us."