Granger, Ind. - The men's and women's tennis teams faced off against Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday morning and fell by scores of 1-8 and 0-9, respectively. The men fall to 1-5, 0-4 while the women fall to 3-3, 1-3 on the season.
Jacob Macri (JR/Granger, Ind) was the lone winner for the men, continuing his strong play at No. 1 singles, to improve to 3-2 this season. He defeated Joel Montgomery 6-3, 6-4.
No. 1 - Eli Steiner/Zolnikov (IWU) def. Macri/Morales (BC); 8-1
No. 2 - Gavin White/Rankin (IWU) def. Ferguson/Petersen (BC); 8-4
No. 3 - Montgomery/Abbott (IWU) def. Shembarger/VanDosen (BC); 8-0
No. 1 - Jacob Macri (BC) def. Joel Montgomery (IWU); 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 - Daniel Zolnikov (IWU) def. Evan Ferguson (FR/Evansville, Ind.) (BC); 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Jacob Rankin (IWU) def. Sidney Petersen (JR/Decatur, Ind.) (BC); 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 – Tyler Abbott (IWU) def. Jose Morales (JR/Quito, Ecuador) (BC); 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 – Andrew Block (IWU) def. Brian Shembarger (SO/Berrien Springs, Mich.) (BC); 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 – John Gerard (IWU) def. Chad VanDosen (SR/Sturgis, Mich.) (BC); 6-0, 6-2
"Despite being over-matched at most positions, I have to say I'm really proud of the effort we got from our guys and girls today," stated Director of Tennis John Natali. "Jacob continues his winning ways once again today at numer one singles."
No. 1 - Mella/Bauss (IWU) def. Fredline/Boger (BC); 8-2
No. 2 - Reed/Devaraja (IWU) def. VanDiver/Kieper (BC); 8-1
No. 3 - Klein/Becky Scurt (IWU) def. Haley/Cressman (BC); 8-0
No. 1 - Alex Mella (IWU) def. Taylor Freedline (BC); 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Lizzie Bauss (IWU) def. Caroline Boger (BC); 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 - Thewuni Devaraja (IWU) def. Grace Haley (BC); 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 - Olivia Reed (IWU) def. Abby VanDiver (BC); 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 - Marissa Klein (IWU) def. Chase Kieper (BC); 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 - Laura Moore (IWU) def. Stephanie Cressman (BC); 6-0, 6-1
"We had so many athletes demonstrating a lot of heart, playing hard against an excellent team in IWU," continued Natali.
The Pilots return to the courts on Tuesday, September 12 for a Crossroads League matchup against Marian in Indianapolis. The match begins at 1:00 pm.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 18 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's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study.