Both Tabor tennis teams earned their first victories of the season with a sweep of Central Christian College Wednesday. The women defeated the Tigers 9-0, while the men won 6-3.
“The teams got off to a great start by sweeping the doubles matches,” coach John Ruder said.
Women—The Bluejays won in convincing fashion, beginning with three victories in doubles.
In No. 1 doubles, Becky Faber and Anna Friesen defeated Kristen Reith and Tori McCord, 8-2.
Katie Becker and Meredith Voran edged Taylor Arnold and Megan Carter, 8-6, while Karly Lindroth-Yates and Krista Schmidt earned an 8-4 victory over Ellis and McGarity.
Key to the sweep was a 7-5, 3-6 (10-8) victory by Faber over Reith in No. 1 singles.
“Becky Faber overcame a 2-5 start to earn a hard-fought victory,” Ruder said.
Friesen defeated McCord 6-2, 6-2, while Lindroth-Yates beat Arnold, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Voran earned a victory over Carter, 8-4, Becker defeated Ellis, 8-2, and Schmidt edged Susan Alt, 6-2, 6-1.
Men—Tabor won all three of its doubles matches, beginning with an 8-5 victory by Kelyn Vix and Tyler Dort over Mark Gayer and Dylan Neal in No. 1 doubles.
Sam Brucks and Jake Brucks followed with an 8-0 rout of Gunner Kelly and David Armstrong in No. 2 doubles.
Nathan Panttaja and Jared Friesen polished off the sweep with an 8-2 win over Josh Schneider and Blake Williams.
Tabor’s top three singles players dropped their matches.
Vix lost to Gayer 6-2, 6-1, Dort dropped a match to Neal, 6-2, 6-3, and Panttaja lost to Kelly, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
Leading the way for Tabor with a sweep of positions four through six were Jake Brucks (6-2, 6-4 over Armstrong), Sam Brucks (6-1, 6-2 over Schneider) and Davis over Williams (6-0, 6-2).
“Overall, the teams played well, reducing their errors,” Ruder said.
With the win, both teams now hold 1-3 records.
Tabor’s home contest with John Brown University that had been scheduled for last Saturday was called off because of rain.
Coming—Tabor was scheduled to compete at Emporia State University Monday and will travel to LeTourneau University Thursday, March 21.