The rain caused havoc on the tennis courts today in North Manchester, Indiana, where the Bethel Pilots attempted to take on the Spartans of Manchester University. After completing doubles action on both the men's and women's courts, the rain put a halt on the action, causing singles play to discontinue. Due to a trio of defaulted matches by MU, the BC ladies were able to secure the 5-0 win while the men's 3-0 lead went by the wayside as the rain washed away the final six matches of competition.
On the men's side, BC opened up the day with a doubles sweep with Jacob Macri and Luke Prude winning in the number one doubles slot 8-0, Brian Shembarger and Brad Foster winning in the number two doubles position 8-3, and Jose Morales and Sidney Petersen taking number three doubles 8-4. Three singles matches were underway when the rain stopped play while three BC singles players never made their way onto the court.
On the women's side, Manchester was short-handed, playing just four players. BC picked up two wins in doubles with Taylor Freedline and Caroline Boger winning in the number one position 8-3 and Rachel Jennings and Abbey VanDiver landing a win in the number two slot 8-3. Those two on-court wins, along with three defaulted matches, gave BC the 5-0 lead which would prove to be the final as two additional matches were left unfinished and two were left unstarted.
The BC ladies will continue their season with a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament in early May. More details regarding the team's trip to Mobile, Alabama, for the national event will be released in the coming weeks.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).
Men's Doubles Results
#1 Macri/Prude (BC) def. Smith/Collis (MU) 8-0
#2 Shembarger/Foster (BC) def. Bear/Eichenauer (MU) 8-3
#3 Morales/Petersen (BC) def. Love/Eads (MU) 8-4
#1 Freedline/Boger (BC) def. Cordill/Ashpole (MU) 8-3
#2 Jennings/VanDiver (BC) def. Peden/Beckner(MU) 8-3
#3 Bethel won by Default