ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor tennis squad began its season with an impressive showing against a talented Baker University team Thursday at the Hillsboro Sports Complex.
Freshman Rob Baboniu rallied from a set down at No. 3 singles, with the meet tied at 4-4, to defeat Diego Davila of Baker, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, to give the Bluejays the team win.
“This is a great way for us to start our season,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “Baker has long been a power in this region, and has another strong team this year. To begin the season by winning a hard-fought match against a tough opponent is a big confidence builder for this team early.”
In other doubles play, the No. 1 team of Ryan Camping and Scott Friesen lost, 8-3; the No 2. team of Rob Baboniu and Michael Hagen won, 8-2; the No. 3 team of Jon Adrian and Neil Rabi won, 8-4.
In singles play, Hagen, playing No. 1, lost 6-0, 6-0; Camping, playing No. 2, lost 6-4, 6-4; Rabi, playing No. 4, lost 6-4, 7-6; James Fisher, playing No. 5, won, 6-3, 6-0; Jared Hefley, playing No. 6, won, 6-3, 7-5.
John Brown-The Bluejays swept John Brown University on Monday in Hillsboro, 9-0
“Our depth was evident in both these matches,” Isaac said. “We won seven of eight singles matches from spots 3 through 6, and played very strong doubles both days.”
In doubles play, Baboniu-Hagen won, 8-1; Camping-Friesen won, 8-3; Rabi-Adrian won, 8-2.
In singles play, Camping won, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Hagen won, 6-3, 6-4; Baboniu won, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Fisher won, 6-0, 6-0; Hefley won, 6-3, 6-2; Paul Raugust won, 6-1, 6-3.
Tabor will take a 2-0 record into a home match with Midland Lutheran, 9 a.m., Saturday.