Photo Description: Freshman Hugo Fuentes prepares to return a serve
Photo Credit: Kayla Korb
The Concordia women’s and men’s tennis teams beat the Grand View University Vikings 5-2 Wednesday afternoon and evening.
The women started off strong by winning the doubles point. The teams of junior Tara Ferrel and freshman Ella Dean and freshmen Mariana Molano and Gabrielle Heiser won their matches handedly. The team of sophomores Tessa Blough and Alana Lopez Pagan lost their doubles match.
Blough had a rough day as she lost her singles match 6-3, 6-2 as well. In the past few games, Blough had been a standout player. She scored the single point against Morningside a couple weeks back. Ferrel also lost her singles match 6-4, 6-2. Lopez Pagan and Molano both went to three sets to take their wins. Lopez Pagan went 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 and Molano went 6-2, 4-6, 1-0. Dean and sophomore Brooke Hosick were the other winners for the women.
The men’s team won their doubles point 2-1, but only played two matches due to Grand View only bringing five players and thus not a full third team. Freshman Thomas Van Haaren and sophomore Shawn Springer won their match 7-5 and freshman Hugo Fuentes and junior Juan Rabellino lost their match 6-4. Sophomores Manuel Rodriguez and Luke Johnson were credited with the forfeiture win.
Fuentes narrowly lost his singles match as well, going 7-6, 7-6, 1-0 against Grand View’s Igor Theodorakopoulos. Junior Eduardo Rojas also lost his singles point going 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Santiago Abadia played in the singles matches and went 6-4, 7-5. Rodriguez won his singles match in three sets going 4-6, 6-2, 1-0. Van Haaren won his match easily going 6-0, 6-1 and Johnson was credited with the forfeiture win.
The women’s team is now 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The men’s team is now 8-7 overall and 1-2 in the GPAC. The teams play again on April 13 against Mount Marty University in the Walz Fieldhouse. The men start at 1 p.m. and the women are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.