LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s tennis teams swept Friends University on Wednesday, the men winning 9-0 and the women notching an 8-1 decision.
Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia started the match off strong for the Swede men as they won at No. 1 doubles, 8-5. Mensford Owusu and Aaron Moses, Jr. continued the strong play with an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles. Tucker Clary and Amir Rahbar finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win in the No. 3 doubles spot.
Raga also won his No. 1 singles match, 6-2, and 6-1. Tapia won the No. 2 singles by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Michiel Van Den Bogaert also won his singles match was a winner at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2. Rahbar won at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1. The No. 5 singles was won by Moses, Jr., 6-0, 6-1. Andreas Brune won the No. 6 singles spot 4-6, 6-0, and 6-0 to complete the Swedes’ sweep.
"The guys played well against a much improved Friends team. We struggled a bit in doubles and we were not as aggressive as I hoped. We came back and played strong in our singles," Bethany coach Vic Bateman said.
For the Bethany women, Juliana Bezerra and Mackenzi Choitz started the match in strong fashion by winning the No. 1 doubles, 8-3. Kara Agamaite and Michelle Rambo won the No.2 doubles match, 8-0. Kitty Edwards and Amelia Fabrizius won the No. 3 doubles spot by default.
Agamaite won the No. 1 singles spot 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Choitz fell in the No. 2 singles spot 6-1, 6-2. Edwards won the No. 3 singles spot 6-4, 7-5. Fabrizius won the No. 4 singles spot for the Swedes 6-0, and 6-0. Rambo and Bezerra both won the No. four and five singles by default.
"The women played well on a cold and windy day. I'm really proud of their performance today. They have stayed mentally strong in what has been a really tough season weather wise."
The men's team will be in action again Friday when it goes to Ottawa University at 10:30 a.m., and then travels to Northwest Missouri State at 3 p.m.. The women's team will be in action again Saturday when it hosts Bethel College at 9 a.m.