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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Tiger men compete in first NCCAA regional

  • The Central Christian College men’s doubles team recently finished 0-2 at the inaugural NCCAA Central Region Tennis Championships hosted by McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
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  • The Central Christian College men’s doubles team recently finished 0-2 at the inaugural NCCAA Central Region Tennis Championships hosted by McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
    The Tigers played the host school, the McMurry War Hawks, on Friday and were defeated 9-0. McMurry made the jump this year from NCAA DIII to NCAA DII and  has 15 players on scholarship including three very strong international players.
    The Tigers fought valiantly, but were very overmatched by the War Hawks.
    The No. 1 doubles team of Mark Gayer and Dylon Neal put a scare into the War Hawk’s No. 1 team, which was ranked No. 6 in the NCAA’s this season.
    The Tigers were up a break mid-way through the match, but were broken twice late to fall 5-8. In the singles portion, the War Hawks were dominant, losing only seven games in six matches.
    On Saturday, the Tigers met the Dallas Baptist University Patriots, who had lost on Friday afternoon 9-0 to McMurry as well.
    The Patriots had similar scores in their match with the War Hawks, so Saturday’s match looked like it would be much more competitive.
    The Tigers fell to the Patriots 2-7, but had several more matches that were close and competitive. The Tiger wins came from the No. 2 doubles team of David Armstrong and Gunnar Kelly, who played extremely well and won 8-6.
    Also winning was Dylon Neal at No. 2 singles who won a hard fought battle 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
    For his hard work, Dylon Neal was named to the Tournament’s All -Tournament Team.
    “It wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for, but we played two very talented NCAA division II schools and held our own,” Central coach Jeremy Nelson said. “I was extremely proud of the way the guys fought, and how they conducted themselves in the midst of adversity.”
    The Tigers were to have wrapped their season Tuesday against Kansas Wesleyan University.
    Results were unavailable at presstime.
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