Bulldogs sweep Warriors at home
The McPherson College men's and women's tennis teams hosted the Sterling College Warriors on Friday at the McPherson High School tennis courts. Both Bulldog teams picked up wins over the Warriors with the women winning 7-2, and the men blanking the visitors 9-0.
The only two matches the Bulldog women lost were at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles, where they didn't have an entry. Otherwise, they won every match that was played. They started by winning both doubles matches. Brittany Zipf and Erica Paradise started things off by winning 8-0 on the No. 1 line. On the No. 2 line, Besa Bwalya and Zoe Bouwmeester followed suit, winning their match 8-2.
In the singles portion of the dual, the Bulldogs won all five matches that were played, four of the five in straight sets. Zipf finished the day without dropping a game, winning her singles match at No. 1, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2, Paradise lost just three games in her match, winning 6-1, 6-2, and on the No. 3 line, Bwalya cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Bouwmeester picked up a victory for the Bulldogs at No. 4, winning her match 6-0, 6-1. The only match of the day that went three sets was at No. 5 singles, where Sydney Hicks won the first set easily 6-0, but her opponent came back to take the second set 7-5. The match went to a deciding 10-point super tiebreaker that Hicks won 10-6.
With the win, the Bulldog women are now even on the season at 6-6, and are 5-1 in KCAC play. They will take Saturday off before getting back on the court on Sunday when they take on the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes at 1 p.m. at the McPherson High School courts.
On the men's side, the Bulldogs won all nine matches without dropping a set. They opened the dual by winning all three doubles matches and dropping a total of four games. Jacob Turley and Julien Bodin won at No. 1 8-1, Nicolas Wahl and Rick Sakamoto also won 8-1 at No. 2 and Juan Jimenez and Jakob Komel rounded things out with a an 8-2 victory at No. 3.
With the men in control of the dual 3-0 after doubles, Bulldogs' Head Coach Rafael Bulnes elected to shuffle his line up a bit. He kept the top of the lineup intact with Turley playing No. 1, and Jimenez at No. 2. On the three and four lines, Bulnes subbed out Bodin and Wahl, moving up Sakamoto and Komel from the five and six lines. He moved his No. 7 guy, James Lee in to the No. 5 spot, and Kentaro Oya, who is 8eighth on the ladder into the No. 6 single position.
All six players won in straight sets, including Turley at No. 1, 6-0, 6-3, Jimenez at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0, Sakamoto at No. 3 6-3, 6-0, Komel at No. 4, 6-2, 6-4, Lee at No. 5, 6-2, 6-2 and Oya at No. 6, 6-3. 6-0.
After dropping their first six duals of the season, the Bulldog men have now won six in a row to even their overall record at 6-6. They have won five straight in the KCAC as well, and are now 5-1, sitting in second place in the conference standings. Like the ladies, they will host the KWU Coyotes on Sunday and will go for seven wins in a row.