The Tabor tennis teams split their games last week, with two losses to Baker University Tuesday followed by a sweep of Friends University Saturday.
Friends—The Bluejays opened conference play with two victories Saturday.
The men defeated Friends 8-1 to improve to 1-0 in the KCAC, 3-6 overall.
David Simmet and Nate Panttaja dropped an 8-3 contest to Eric Berner and Patrick Trollman in No. 1 doubles, but Kelyn Vix and Tyler Dort picked up an 8-1 win over Blake Stuckey and Zack Stein in the No. 2 spot.
Jake Brucks and Sam Brucks defeated Jacob Thayer and Rodridgo Tresierra, 8-1 to round out the doubles matches.
“Our No. 2 and 3 doubles teams played extremely well, giving us a 2-1 lead going into singles,” coach John Ruder said. “Jake and Sam Brucks are 4-2 as a doubles team, and Kelyn Vix and Tyler Dort are now 4-1.”
The Bluejays went on to sweep the singles matches: Simmet over Berner, 7-6, (7-2), 6-1; Vix over Stuckey, 6-1, 6-1; Dort over Trollman, 6-2, 6-1; Jake Brucks over Stein 6-0, 6-0; Sam Brucks over Thayer, 6-1, 6-1; and Darryn Davis over Tresierra, 7-5, 6-1.
The Tabor women defeated Friends, 5-4, a victory overshadowed by a knee injury sustained by Meredith Voran during the No. 1 doubles match, Ruder said.
Becky Faber and Voran trailed Elly Johnson and Katy O’Reilly, 2-3, when the injury occurred, forcing them to withdraw.
The No. 2 and 3 doubles teams swept their matches: Anna Friesen and Karly Lindroth-Yates defeated Jessica Penrose and Sierra Olteam, 8-5; and Katie Becker and Krista Schmidt beat Stephanie Curtis and Lauren Diee, 8-0.
In singles action, Faber defeated Johnson 6-7(5-7), 6-0, 7-6(7-1); Friesen fell to O’Reilly, 6-3, 6-3; Lindroth-Yates fell to Penrose, 6-2, 6-3; Becker defeated Olteam, 6-3, 6-3 (her sixth consecutive win); and Schmidt defeated Curtis, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The No. 6 singles was defaulted.
“Becky Faber won a hard-fought, three-set match, and Krista Schmidt—with the team match on the line at 4-4—won another hard-fought, three-set match to give us the victory,” Ruder said.
Tabor improved to 1-0 in conference play, 3-5 overall.
Baker—Both the men and women’s teams dropped to Baker Tuesday.
The men fell, 5-4, to Baker.
Doubles were 1-2 on the day: David Simmet and Sam Brucks fell to Zach Aldrich and Devin Glosgow, 8-9 (1-7); Kelyn Vix and Tyler Dort defeated Gianfranco Moncarta and Aaron Greenbaum, 8-4; and Jake Brucks and Darryn Davis fell to Ryan Glene and Jordan Toothaker, 8-9 (5-7).
In singles action, Simmet fell to Moncarta, 6-0, 1-6 (8-10), Vix defeated Aldrich, 6-2, 6-1; Dort beat Glosgow, 6-1, 6-2; Panttaja defeated Greenbaum, 6-3, 6-1; Jake Brucks fell to Glene, 6-3, 6-2; and Sam Brucks dropped to Toothaker, 1-6, 6-7 (5-7).
The Tabor women, meanwhile, fell to Baker, 7-2.
The No. 3 doubles team of Katie Becker and Krista Schmidt picked up the only doubles win by defeating Victoria Bortic and Bre Cunningham, 8-6.
Becky Faber and Meredith Voran fell to Danielle Griggs and Kelly Phipps, 8-2, in No. 1 doubles, and Anna Friesen and Karly Lindroth-Yates dropped to Megan Henry and Caitlyn Metseff, 8-5.
Becker gave Tabor its lone victory in singles, defeating Bortic, 6-2, 6-0, in the No. 5 spot.
In other singles action, Faber fell to Griggs, 6-4, 1-6, 8-10; Friesen dropped to Henry, 6-1, 6-4; Lindroth-Yates fell to Phipps, 6-1, 6-1; Voran lost to Metseff, 6-4, 6-2; and Schmidt fell to Cunningham, 6-0, 6-2.
Coming—Tabor was scheduled to host Kansas Wesleyan Monday. The Bluejays host Bethel Thursday at 3 p.m. before traveling to Southwestern Saturday for a 9 a.m. start