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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swedes men end season at NAIA

  • The Bethany College men's tennis season ended Wednesday in the round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Ala., with a 5-2 loss to No. 12 Aquinas College (Mich.).
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  • The Bethany College men's tennis season ended Wednesday in the round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Ala., with a 5-2 loss to No. 12 Aquinas College (Mich.).
    The Swedes received a first-round bye for the first time ever at the NAIA Tournament.
    Bethany was leading after winning the first set on two courts and up in the second set when the match was called.
    After falling behind 2-1 in doubles, Alex Sandri and Shane Huggins got the lone win at No. 3 doubles. The Swedes won four of the six first sets.
    After a win from Huggins, then dropping the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, the Swedes led on every court but couldn't hold their lead at No. 2 to drop the match, and fell 5-2 to a tough Aquinas team with Kane Olsen and Laurentsi Arakhamiya winning their matches on court.
    "Going into the match I knew how close teams No. 5 to No. 15 in the country were as everyone in that range were beating each other all year," Swede head coach Vic Bateman said. "I thought we had the advantage at a couple of the spots we didn't pull through, but all the credit to Aquinas who played the important points well on the day and fought hard. We didn't adjust as well to the heat and humidity as I had hoped, but it wasn't for lack of effort."
    The Swedes end the season with wins over the No. 6, No. 13, and No. 17 teams in the country to finish 23-2 overall.
    Among the departing seniors is Huggins, Bethany's all time wins leader who went undefeated in singles and doubles at Nationals the last two years.
    Others graduating are Marcelo Alecio, Olsen, Will Wiseman, James Bragg and Alex Sandri.
    Sandri went undefeated for the Swedes in doubles at the NAIA National Tournament for his career.
    Bethany finished the season with a record of 23-2 (7-0 KCAC).

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