Bluejay tennis team endures difficult week

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College tennis team hosted John Brown University Saturday morning and dropped a 2-7 decision to the Golden Eagles.

“JBU is a solid team that returns most of its lineup from a year ago,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “I thought we competed well in a lot of the matches early but really faded as the matches went on.”

In singles, No.1 Jon Adrian lost to Tim Miller 3-6, 2-6; No. 2 Scott Friesen lost to Kevin Coleman 4-6, 1-6; No. 3 Andrew Braun lost to Sam Van Aswegen 0-6, 3-6; No. 4 Tim Hein lost to Bobby Rojas 3-6, 0-6; No. 5 Matt Nelson lost to Chad Weaver 4-6, 1-6; No. 6 Jared Reese defeated Mike Dill 7-5, 6-4.

In doubles, No. 1 Adrian and Friesen lost to Miller and Rojas 2-8; No. 2 Braun and Nelson lost to Coleman and Van Aswegen 1-8; No. 3 Reese and Hein defeated Weaver and Dill 8-3.

“This team top to bottom is struggling with closing out sets and taking advantage of opportunities when we have them,” Isaac said. “Mentally we’re a fragile team and for us to be successful in conference, this attitude will have to change.”

Hesston-Tabor lost at Hesston last week, 5-4.

“We didn’t come prepared in any way to play this match,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “Our guys acted like just because we had defeated them easily two weeks ago that we could just walk on the court and win.”

In No. 1 singles, Jon Adrian lost to Beakal Girma 4-6, 6-4, 4-6; No. 2 Scott Friesen defeated Daniel Jantz 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 Andrew Braun lost to Kentaro Usui 6-1, 6-7, 0-6; No. 4 Tim Hein defeated Gared Gablentz 6-4, 7-6; No. 5 Matt Nelson lost to Ben Haury 6-3, 4-6, 4-6; No. 6 Caleb Dirks lost to Josh Kaufman 3-6, 5-7.

In doubles, No. 1 Adrian and Friesen lost 3-6, 0-6; No. 2 Nelson and Braun defeated Usui and Gablentz 6-4, 6-2; No. 3 Hein and Jared Reese defeated Kaufman and Amstutz 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Although the team was competitive, coach Lonnie Isaac was disappointed in the results.

“Our effort and thought process was very disappointing and will have to greatly improve for us to have any success in the conference,” Isaac said.

“With that said, I believe this team can be successful but because we aren’t as talented as we’ve been in the past, we’ll have to rely on playing smart and outworking our opponents.

“The only bright spot was Matt and Tim at No. 2 doubles,” he added. “They served and returned well and played very aggressively at the net.”

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