The Central Christian College tennis teams wrapped up the 2012-2013 tennis season at home against Kansas Wesleyan University Tuesday, with the men taking home a 6-3 win, while the women fell 9-0.
Before the match, the underclassmen seniors honored Kristen Reith, Naomi Wingert, Susan Alt, Gunnar Kelly, David Armstrong and Josh Schneider.
As the matches started, it was clear the women had an uphill battle in front of them.
The KWU women's team was the probably the third-best team they faced all season. The Tiger women fought valiantly, but were ultimately out gunned and lost to the Coyotes 0-9.
The men fared better, defeating the Coyotes 6-3. Kansas Wesleyan was a man down, giving the Tigers two free points.
However, of the seven matches played, the Tigers won four of them. CCC and KWU split the two doubles matches that were played. The Tigers won at No. 1, 8-4, but were defeated by a narrow 8-6 margin at the No. 2 position.
In singles, seniors David Armstrong and Gunnar Kelly led the Tiger charge winning their matches at No. 4 and No. 3 respectively.
Dylon Neal got the other win for the Tigers at No. 2. It was almost a clean sweep of the singles, but KWU snuck two three set wins from the Tigers at No. 1 and No. 5.
"It was a bitter sweet day for me as a coach,” Central coach Jeremy Nelson said. “I was proud of the way we competed today, and I was happy for the guys finishing with a win. The bitter part is that it was the final match for six individuals who have been an integral part of our success over the past four years. They have been great leaders, and they will be missed next season.”
The Tiger men finished the regular season at 6-5, the fourth year in a row they have finished at .500 or better.
The ladies had their best year in several seasons, going 3-7 on the year.