Bluejay tennis earns split against Bethel and Friends

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College tennis team went 1-1 over the past week, defeating Bethel College 8-1 but dropping an 1-8 decision to Friends University.

Tabor played host to the Threshers last Wednesday.

The No. 1 doubles team of Scott Friesen and Jon Adrian defeated Gaeddert and Saner, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In other doubles play, the No. 2 team of Andrew Braun and Matt Nelson dropped their match to Herman and Reimer, 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, while Jared Reese and Tim Hein won No. 3 by default.

In singles, No. 1 Adrian defeated Gaeddert, 6-1, 6-1, while No. 2 Friesen defeated Saner, 6-3, 6-1.

In other singles, No. 3 Braun defeated Herman 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 Hein defeated Reimer 6-4, 6-2; No. 5 Reese defeated Robb 6-0, 6-1; and No. 6 Nelson won by default.

On Thursday, Tabor traveled to Wichita to battle the Falcons.

In No. 1 doubles, Friesen and Adrian defeated Matzen and Reed, 6-2, 6-2, while Nelson and Braun lost to Robinson and Jelinek, 1-6, 2-6, and Hein and Reese lost to Rasmussen and Kershen 7-5, 1-6, 3-6.

“Scott and Jon played a fantastic match,” coach Lonnie Isaac said.

“It was probably one of the two best doubles matches I’ve seen played by our men’s teams in the three years I’ve been here.

“Friends has a very solid doubles team, and Scott and Jon just took it to them from start to finish,” he added. “Their movement, serve percentage and communication during that match would allow them to beat anyone in our conference.”

In singles, No. 1 Adrian lost to Matzen, 2-6, 0-6; No. 2. Friesen lost to Reed, 0-6, 2-6; No. 3 Braun lost to Robinson, 0-6, 1-6; No. 4 Hein lost to Jelinek, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6; No. 5 Nelson lost to Rasmussen, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6; and No. 6. Reese lost to Kerschen, 4-6, 2-6.

“With the result of this past week, we’re looking at being the third seed in the conference tournament,” Isaac said. “Although we lost 1-8 to Friends, the fact that we were able to be very competitive gives us a lot of confidence that we can beat them if we see them in conference again.

“We lost three three-setters, which would have made this a much closer match.”

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