OTTAWA—The McPherson College tennis teams went on the road Saturday and picked up a pair of KCAC wins over the Ottawa University Braves. The Bulldog men came away with a 6-3 victory, while the women were victorious by a narrow 5-4 margin.
For the Bulldog women, they forfeited the No.3 doubles line, but won at No. 1 and No. 2 to take a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the dual. Brittany Zipf and Erica Paradise won at No. 1, 8-4, and Besa Bwalya and Zoe Bouwmeester partnered to win at No. 2, 8-3.
In singles, the Bulldogs picked up three points, winning at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4. Zipf continued her dominance of KCAC opponents, winning her third straight conference match on the No. 1 line, this time 6-4, 6-2. Coach Bulnes moved Bwalya up a spot to No. 2 against the Braves. The move paid off, as she was able to pick up a point for the Bulldogs, winning easily 6-0, 6-1. At No. 4, Bouwmeester picked up the fifth and final point for the Bulldogs. She won the first set easily, 6-0, but needed to win a tiebreaker in the second set to secure the win.
On the men's side, Ottawa had only five players available for the dual against the Bulldogs giving the visitors two free points at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. Those two forfeits gave the Bulldogs a cushion, but they still won on the court, winning four of the seven matches that were actually played.
The Bulldogs and Braves split the other two doubles matches, with the Braves winning at No. 1, 8-6, but the Bulldogs winning a huge match at No. 2, 9-8. The win a No. 2 came from the duo of Nicholas Wahl and Rick Sakamoto.
In singles, the Bulldogs picked up their points at the bottom of the lineup. They got a free point at No. 6, but won on the court at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5. Julien Bodin got things started with an easy 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3. At No. 5, Sakamoto clinched the dual for the Bulldogs, dominating his opponent, 6-2, 6-1. On the 4 line, Wahl won a nail biter dropping the 1st 7-6 in a tiebreaker, but winning the second, also in a tiebreaker. With the dual secured, the third set was decided by a 10-point tiebreaker, which Wahl won 10-2.
With the win, the Bulldog women are now 4-5 overall, and 3-1 in the KCAC. The men improve their record to 3-6 overall, and also 3-1 in conference matches. They will both be back in action on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. when they host the Missouri Valley Vikings at the McPherson High School courts. Both Viking teams are currently ranked in the top 25 in the NAIA rankings.