KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The Bethany men's tennis team has gotten off to a lightning start on the court this spring, and have quickly caught the attention of the national raters across the country. In the latest NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Poll the Swedes came in at No. 28 in the country. The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
The Swedes have gotten off to a 2-0 start including defeating four-time in a row national qualifier and No 36. Hastings College on the road in week number one. They followed up the big week one win, by convincingly powering through Baker University team in week two.
"This is a pretty special recognition, and I am extremely happy for our guys," said head coach Logan Palenske. "When I started back in late August, we would not have been in the top 50, so too have improved so quickly, is pretty rare, but the guys have worked extremely hard. However, if we do not continue to keep improving daily, not only will we not keep this ranking, but will have no chance to climb higher. We have so many big matches coming up the next two months, and with the conference being as strong and as deep as it has ever been, we must improve greatly to put ourselves where we want to be at the end of this season."
The Swedes will return to play on March 15 when they host the Tigers of Doane University. This matchup is set to take place at the Smoky Valley Tennis Courts on the campus of Smoky Valley High School.