Men’s tennis playing hardball

The men’s tennis team has recently caught fire after a slow opening match. The Tigers have defeated their past three opponents by a combined score of 27-0. First the team defeated Bethel and Hesston 9-0 and then slammed Baker University with a 9-0 win.

In their second match of the season the Tigers competed against both Bethel and Hesston at Hesston. The competition favored Cowley all day. The Tigers played Hesston first. In doubles play sophomore Lloyd Bruce Burgess and Joan Valls, freshman, and Roger White, sophomore and Alex Dickson, freshman, quickly dispatched their opponents in an 8-0 victory. The duo of sophomores Renato Mendes and Felipe Pimenta were tested more than their fellow teammates but managed an 8-6 win over Ryan Wengerd and Taylor Nobel. 

Singles play was much of the same story for the team as no Hesston player managed to win more than one game in a single set. Bruce-Burgess, White, Pimenta, and Valls won their sets 6-0, 6-0. Mendes relieved his opponents 6-1, 6-1, while Tom Gibaud, freshman, won his match 6-0, 6-1.

The Tigers transitioned their success against Hesston into the match against Bethel. Bruce-Burgess and Valls again defeated their opponents 8-0, Mendes and Pimenta also achieved that same feat. White and Dickson had little trouble in overcoming their opponents 8-2.  

The Tigers continued their dismantling of Bethel with solid singles play. Bethel could only muster up to three games in a single set. Bruce-Burgess defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-0 in No. 1 singles while Valls, White, Mendes, Pimenta, and Gibaud also won their matches.

Following their overpowering performance at Hesston, the Tigers continued their dominance in Baldwin City. Playing without Bruce-Burgess the team out matched Baker University. In doubles play Mendes and Pimenta moved to the No. 1 position and defeated their opponents 8-6. White and Dickson crushed their competition 8-0 while Valls and Gibaud had a similar performance winning 8-1. 

Singles was again a strongpoint for the Tigers. White moved up to the No. 1 singles slot and handily defeated Baker’s Keith Pipkin 6-2, 6-1. Mendes fell 2-6 in his first set, but rallied in the second and third sets winning 6-3 and 10-2. Pimenta trounced his competition 6-0, 6-0, while Gibaud and Dickson had similar 6-0, 6-1 wins. Samir Haikal, sophomore also stepped up into the No. 6 singles position and defeated Baker’s Jared Kurtz.

The No.5 ranked men’s team will look to continue their success at WSU today.

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