LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s high-powered men’s tennis team checks in at No. 7 in the NAIA preseason rankings announced Wednesday.
"The No. 7 ranking reflects as much about the current team as the hard work of the team the last few years in earning the respect of the rankers and the other teams in the nation. We appreciate the ranking but know we have to start over every year and have a lot of work ahead to hold the ranking or rise," Bethany coach Vic Bateman said.
A season ago, the Swedes finished with a 21-3 record and were perfect in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The team also made its first-ever appearance in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championships. Bethany beat Marian University 8-1 in the first round before upsetting (7) Westmont College 5-3 in the second round of the NAIA National Championships. The Swedes held a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the quarterfinals, but Auburn University, Montgomery stormed back taking the next five points and the match before two competitions would finish.
Bethany will open its season on Feb. 27, at the Collin County Invitational College in Plano, Texas.