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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldog tennis shuts out Tigers 9-0, 9-0

  • The CCC men's and women's tennis teams were swept on Thursday evening by crosstown rival McPherson College.
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  • The CCC men's and women's tennis teams were swept on Thursday evening by crosstown rival McPherson College.
    Both Tiger teams were defeated by the Bulldogs 9-0.
    The three Tiger seniors were playing at home for the final time and were recognized before the matches began.
    CCC recognized Mark Gayer and Tori McCord for four years of participation and Dylon Neal for three.
    Except for a couple of instances, the matches were pretty lopsided, dominated by very deep and talented Bulldog teams.
    With one other Tigers' top six missing on both Tiger teams, CCC coach Jeremy Nelson was forced to shuffle his lineups.
    The top two doubles teams for the Tiger women were both competitive, as Tori McCord paired up with Megan Carter at No. 1 and were defeated 8-3.
    Shelbi Mathis moved down to the No. 2 spot with Em Barnett and lost a competitive match 8-3.
    On the men's side, the fairy tale season for the No. 1 team of Mark Gayer and Dylon Neal came to an end as they lost their first match of the year 8-3 to a Bulldog No. 1 team that is ranked 13th in the nation.
    In Singles, Gayer fell to Mac's No. 1 player, Rafael Bulnes, who is from the Netherlands, and is ranked 15th in the nation in the latest ITA poll.
    Dylon Neal, who hadn't lost a match all season, fell in 6-4, 6-3 in an extremely entertaining match with Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez  of Spain.
    "Today was a tough day emotionally,” Nelson said. “Three players who have been so instrumental to the success of our program played their final home matches, and that is always tough. I'm proud of how we played in all of our matches. We were outmatched, but, in almost every match, we made them earn every game."
    The Tigers will wrap up their season this coming Tuesday when they go on the road to play John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

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