Tabor College opened the 2013 tennis season Feb. 16 at Newman University, where both the men and women lost to the host team.
The men lost 6-3, with Tabor’s three wins coming in No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles.
David Simmet earned a victory in No. 1 singles after his scheduled opponent, Nei Pos Santos, withdrew from competition with an arm injury.
Nate Panttaja defeated Jared Ferris 8-5 in No. 3 singles, and Sam Brucks and Jake Brucks earned a 9-7 victory over Jeff Wherritt and Mitchel Whitmer in No. 3 doubles.
“The senior leadership of this year’s team was indicated as each of the four seniors was directly responsible for our three winning matches,” coach John Ruder said. “All eight of our men are working hard to improve, and I am eager to see where that effort will lead us.”
The Tabor women lost 9-0 to Newman.
“The women’s team exemplified a fighting spirit and never-give-up attitude against a very tough Newman University squad in a match that was much closer than indicated by the score,” Ruder said. “I am proud of our women’s team and the effort they are putting into this season.
“They are improving practice by practice, and although they are only six in number, I expect them to be very competitive by the end of the season.”
Coming––Tabor’s games with Central Christian Wednesday have been postponed. The teams are scheduled to play at Doane College (Neb.) Friday, with action beginning at 7 p.m. and follow with competition at Concordia University (Neb.) Saturday where women will begin play at 10 a.m. followed by men at 12:30 p.m