LINCOLN, NEB.— The Bethany men's tennis team kicked off their season this weekend with two matches against Concordia University and Hastings College. The Swedes fell to the Bulldogs 5-4 before suffering a 7-2 loss to the Broncos.

Concordia – 5, Bethany - 4

The Swedes lost in a heartbreaker to Concordia University 5-4. The deciding match came down to number four singles; freshman, Manuel Lopez Videla was defeated by Isaac Gowes 6-3, 6-3. The Swedes started the match strong taking two out of three doubles points. Freshmen, Raul Rivero and Lopez-Videla won at number one doubles in dramatic fashion over Lucas Zoller and Jeremy Berryman 9-8 (8-6) in the tiebreaker. Sophomores, Miguel Abete and Andres Ricaurte winning at number two convincingly over Jack Kotson and Isaac Howes.

"The men's team competed and fought hard but came up short. I am proud of them and loved the tenacity that they showed," Swedes head coach, Larry Holmes said.

Doubles

1 Abete/Ricaurte BC def. Zoller/Berryman CU 8-4

2 Rivero/Lopez/Videla BC def. Kotson/Howes CU 9-8 (8-6)

3 Greff/Bindl CU won forfeit

Singles

1 Rivero BC def. Greff CU 6-2, 6-0

2 Abete BC def. Zoller CU 6-2, 6-1

3 Howes CU def. Lopez-Videla BC 6-3, 6-3

4 Berryman CU def. Ricaurte BC 6-4, 6-1

5 Works CU def. Witter BC 6-3, 6-2

6 Kotson CU won forfeit

Hastings – 7, Bethany 2

"I thought today we came off with a lot of energy and played with a pride. Still have some things to figure out and work on. Just have to continue to get better with each match," Holmes stated.

Doubles

1 Abete/Ricaurte BC def. Burns/ Stoutamire HC 8-4

2 Bailey/Sodorff HC def. Rivero/Lopez BC 8-6

3 Hastings won via forfeit

Singles

1 Burns HC def. Rivero BC 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6)

2 Abete BC def. Mason HC 6-4, 6-2

3 Stoutamire HC def. Ricaurte BC 6-4, 6-2

4 Bailey HC def. Lopez-Videla BC 6-3, 7-5

5 Sodorff HC def. Andrew Witter BC 7-5, 7-6

6 Hastings won via forfeit