The CCC men's and women's tennis teams had a tough outing Saturday when they made the short drive south to Hesston College for a dual match against the Larks.

The CCC men's and women's tennis teams had a tough outing Saturday when they made the short drive south to Hesston College for a dual match against the Larks.


Wind gusts of 30 miles per hour made the conditions dicey and it seemed to affect the Tigers a little more than it did the Larks, as they were still able to defeat both Tiger teams 6-3.

The Tiger men got down 1-2 after the doubles portion of the dual, with the one win coming from the No. 1 team of Mark Gayer and Dylon Neal 8-2.

In the singles portion of the dual, the Tigers got wins in the lower half of their line up from David Armstrong at No. 4 and Josh Schneider at No. 5, but the Larks were too tough up top sweeping the Tigers at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles.

On the women's side, it was much of the same. Central Christian got down 1-2 after doubles, the only win coming from Kristen Reith and Victoria McCord at No. 1, 8-1.

In singles, Reith finished perfect on the day with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Narumi Hayano. The Tigers' only other singles victory was an impressive win at No. 3 by Taylor Arnold 6-0, 6-3.

"We just didn't have it today,” Tiger coach Jeremy Nelson said. “The winds were tough, but it didn't seem to bother Hesston as much as us. We weren't prepared mentally to handle the conditions. Hats off to Hesston, they played better than us today."

Nelson lauded the play of Armstrong and Taylor Arnold.

"David and Taylor got good wins for us today, and it was good for their confidence,” Nelson said. “David had to come up big in the third set tiebreaker after losing the second set. He showed great resilience today. I was also really impressed with the poise that Taylor Arnold showed. She beat a quality opponent handily."

The Tigers are on the road today. The women have two matches on the docket, as they will face both Evangel University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

The men have a single match today against OWU.