LINDSBORG — The Bethany College men's and women's tennis teams hosted the Bethel College Threshers Saturday morning.
The 12th-ranked Swede men downed the Threshers 7-2, while the women lost 9-0.
In men’s doubles play, Bethany's Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia lost 8-6 at No. 1. The Swedes bounced back winning the other two doubles slots. Mensford Owusu and Michiel Van Den Bogaert played No. 2, winning 8-4. Tucker Clary and Aaron Moses, Jr. took care of the No. 3 doubles, winning 8-3.
Bethany's Raga came back after his doubles defeat to win his No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-0. The match between Raga and Bethel's Logan Palenske was a matchup of two of the top 12 regionally ranked players. Owusu joined him with a singles win in the No. 2 spot. After dropping the first set 4-6, he came back to win 6-3 and 7-5. Van Den Bogaert was the only Swede to drop his singles competition. He fell in the No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-4. Amir Rahbar, Andreas Brune, and David Barbieri finished out the match with wins in the No. 4 through 6 spots. Rahbar won 6-1, 6-1. Brune followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win, and Barbieri won 6-2, 6-0.
"It was a tough day to play with the wind conditions," Bethany coach Vic Bateman said. "Our guys have played three matches in 24 hours, which is tough on them physically, but it also allow us to play more guys. It was good for us to pick up two solid wins in conference."
The Bethel women won all the matches in straight sets.
Bethany and McPherson College hook up at 3 p.m. Monday at the McPherson High Tennis Complex. The men’s match will decide the KCAC title.