Men’s tennis falls as Hastings remains unbeaten in GPAC play
HASTINGS, Neb. – On Thursday evening the Concordia University men’s tennis squad ran into a hot Hastings team that has run dominated throughout GPAC play this season. The Broncos (10-12, 4-0 GPAC) continued their run by claiming a 9-0 victory over the Bulldogs in Hastings, Neb.
Concordia dropped to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in conference matches.
“If you look at the scores it says that we got smashed,” graduate assistant coach James Ingrahm said. “But what the score doesn’t say is that we lost to the best team in the conference. Hastings has had a great season.
“All of the matches were closer than the scores suggest. Our guys played the best I’ve seen them play.”
The Broncos simply had too much horse power. They dropped only seven games in doubles action and won 48 of 51 games in the top four spots in singles matches. GPAC tennis player of the week Joe Ritzdorf won impressively, 6-0, 6-0, over Concordia’s Patricio Esquivel at No. 3.
The rest of the Bulldog singles lineup featured Nathan Wingfield at No. 1, Javier Moreno at No. 2, Joel Kaldahl at No. 4, Mike McCartney at No. 5 and Philip Yox at No. 6.
The Bulldog men now look forward to the conference tournament to be held May 2-3 in Fremont, Neb. All six GPAC men’s tennis programs will take part in the league playoff. Concordia currently sits in third place in the standings.
24 April 2014