The Bethel College men's and women's tennis teams traveled to North Manchester, Indiana on Monday afternoon and both squads turned in winning efforts. The Bethel men defeated the Spartans by the score of 7-2 improving their season record to 1-11. And the Lady Pilots won by the score of 9-0 to raise their season mark to 7-5.
The men's match began with doubles where the Pilots won two of three matches. At number two, Trent Stout and Luke Prude won by the score of 8-1, and at number three, Caleb Hadden and Mason Heller registered an 8-4 victory. In singles action, the Pilots took five of six matches to close out the contest. Winners included Ethan Turner at number one (6-3, 6-2), Trent Stout at number two (0-6, 6-2, 6-4), Rafael Barreto at number four (6-2, 6-2), Nick Kindig at number five (6-1, 6-4), and Caleb Hadden at number six (7-5, 6-0).
Meanwhile, the Lady Pilots also began their match with doubles were they swept all three matches. At number one, Molly O'Grady and Bethany Blodgett cruised to an 8-2 victory; at number two Stephani Sterrett and Melissa Ramer won by the score of 8-1; and at number three Samantha Lukas and Taryn Johnson won by the score of 8-4. In singles play, the Lady Pilots once again swept all six matches. Molly O'Grady was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at number one; Bethany Blodgett won an impressive 6-3, 6-2 match at number two; Stephani Sterrett dropped just one game in her 6-0, 6-1 victory at number three; Melissa Ramer played well in winning 6-3, 6-1 at number four; Samantha Lukas prevailed at number five by the score of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6; and Taryn Johnson was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at number six.
"The high level of competition that our men have been facing all season really paid off for us today," stated Bethel coach, John Natali. "Manchester has definitely improved substantially from last year, but our men were ready to step up and get the job done today. Trent and Luke played some awesome doubles at number two for us, and everyone played solid singles as well. The match clincher came at number two where Trent won an epic battle in three sets for us."
"Our ladies also played very well for us all the way down the line-up. Molly and Bethany were very solid at numbers one and two singles, as well as at number one doubles. The same can be said for Stephani and Melissa at numbers three and four singles, as well as at number two doubles. And Samantha and Taryn got the job done for us at numbers five and six singles, and at number three doubles. "
The Bethel men and women will return to the courts on Wednesday, September 25th when they will host Goshen College in a Crossroads League match-up. The match will begin at 1:00pm at Baker Park in Mishawaka.
#1 Ethan Turner defeated Bobby Swaby 6-3, 6-2
#2 Trent Stout defeated Stratton Smith 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
#3 Luke Prude defeated by Jason Bailey 6-7, 6-4, 5-10
#4 Rafael Barreto defeated Miro Arquijo 6-2, 6-2
#5 Nick Kindig defeated Phil Truitt 6-1, 6-4
#6 Caleb Hadden defeated Ale Winger 7-5, 6-0
#1 Turner/Barreto defeated by Smith/Bailey 1-8
#2 Stout/Prude defeated Swaby/Arquijo 8-1
#3 Hadden/Mason Heller defeated Truitt/Winger 8-4
#1 Molly O'Grady defeated Kara Gilley 6-1, 6-1
#2 Bethany Blodgett defeated Brandy Leeper 6-3, 6-2
#3 Stephani Sterrett defeated Megan Beckner 6-0, 6-1
#4 Melissa Ramer defeated Abby Berry 6-3, 6-1
#5 Samantha Lukas defeated Jillian Bower 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
#6 Taryn Johnson defeated Alaina Beckner 6-1, 6-4
#1 O'Grady/Blodgett defeated Gilley/Leeper 8-2
#2 Sterrett/Ramer defeated Beckner/Berry 8-1
#3 Lukas/Johnson defeated Gillen/Beckner 8-4