Like all spring sports in northern Indiana, the Bethel College men's tennis team was forced to deal with an unusually cold spring season. In fact, the Pilots were only able to play three of their five matches scheduled for the spring.
On paper, the results seemed discouraging as the Pilots dropped all three matches to finish the 2012-13 campaign with an overall mark of 3-14. However, the youthful Pilots showed positive signs of substantial improve in both singles and doubles.
The singles line-up from numbers one to six respectively were Ethan Turner, Rafael Barreto, Trent Stout, Mason Heller, Caleb Hadden and Kyle Hanby. And the doubles teams that fought hard throughout the spring were Turner and Barreto at number one, Stout and Hadden at number two, and Heller and Hanby at number three.
An individual recognition was achieved by Rafael Barreto earning NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors for the Pilots.
"Our goals this spring were primarily to continue the process of gaining valuable experience and showing improvement that would carry over into next fall," stated Bethel coach, John Natali. "And we definitely achieved that goal. Now with the entire roster returning in 2013-14, along with the addition of a very promising freshman class, we are very excited for what's ahead for this team."