LINDSBORG — After defeating Marian University (Ind.) 8-1 Tuesday in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament, the 10th-ranked Bethany College men's tennis team advanced to the second round Wednesday to face seventh-seed and No. 7 nationally ranked Westmont College (Calif.).
However, Wednesday was filled with rain delays, and second-round matches were moved to today. Bethany took a 2-1 lead following doubles play to help propel the Swedes to a 5-3 victory over the Warriors. The Swedes advance to the quarterfinals later today versus No. 2 Auburn University at Montgomery.
"Our guys played really well this morning to beat a very good Westmont team, who had most of their players back from last year's national semifinal team,"Bethany coach Vic Bateman said. "We fought off match points at one and three doubles and stayed mentally strong. Aaron Moses and Mensford Owusu both won their singles and doubles points and Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia had a huge win at doubles, defeating the No. 2 team in the country. Michiel Van Den Bogaert gave the team a huge lift, defeating his opponent after his had taken the first set, setting the stage for Owusu clinching the match, defeating the 38th nationally ranked singles player."