The Concordia tennis teams kicked off their season this past weekend on the road with a pair of duals. The men took on Tabor and Bethel, while the women squared off against Tabor and Southwestern.
Both squads picked up wins on Friday as they defeated Tabor by a score of 6-3. The Bulldog men took the first four spots in singles play and swept the doubles competition at Tabor. The women split in singles play, as they match was tied 3-3 going into doubles action. Concordia won all three doubles matches for the victory.
The women continued their success on Saturday, beating Southwestern College 7-2 despite both #1 teams falling. The men were not as fortunate, losing 1-8. The Bulldogs lone win came from the #1 doubles team of Dean Flaten and Paul Endorf.
The Bulldogs are back in action at home today (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs dropped their home opener on Tuesday to Missouri Western 9-0. The Griffons of Missouri Western are a NCAA Division II team and are coached by Concordia alumna Matt Micheel.
Playing a match for the first time on the newly resurfaced courts on campus, the women struggled to find success against the Griffons. "It was kind of a windy day, but our players didn't use that as an excuse," said Head Coach Mark Lemke.
Both Bulldog teams will be in action on Tuesday as they travel to McPherson, Kansas to take on Central Christian. Play is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams hosted Tabor College on Saturday. The men’s team blanked Tabor, wining 9-0, while the women picked up a 6-3 win.
The men’s squad benefited from two forfeits on the part of Tabor, but swept the rest of the matches played. Mark Boettcher won a hard fought match in number five doubles 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
The women took two of the three doubles matches, and four of the singles matches for the 6-3 victory.
On the season the men improve to 2-1 overall, while the women are 3-1. The Bulldogs will travel to Fremont, Neb., on Saturday for two matches, one versus the University of Sioux Falls, the other against Dordt.
The Bulldogs traveled to Fremont, Neb., to play a pair of matches against Dordt and Sioux City on Saturday. The men emerged victorious in a tight battle with Dordt, 5-4. Dean Flaten, Paul Endorf, Steve Carretto and Mark Boettcher all picked up singles wins. The team of Flaten and Endorf also added a win in 1st doubles. Against Sioux Falls, the Bulldogs were defeated 1-8. Endorf had Concordia's lone win in 3rd singles.
The women of Concordia came out on the losing side of a 4-5 score against Dordt. Those with wins for the Bulldogs in singles action were Chris Brink, Chelsey Bartels and Randi Eggers. Eggers teamed up with Leigh Ann Darneal for a win in 3rd doubles. The women also lost to Sioux Falls 1-8.
Both Concordia tennis teams were defeated by Hastings College on Wednesday 5-4. On the women's side, the Bulldogs took both #1 and #2 matches in singles as Christina Brink and Melissa Burger were victorious. Concordia also took the top two doubles spots, but came up short in the other singles matches.
The men split the singles portion of the match, taking the top three spots, but were only able to take the top doubles spot in the loss. Dean Flaten, Marc Hansen and Paul Endorf all had wins for the Bulldogs. Endorf is now 5-1 in singles on the season.
The Bulldogs continue at home on Saturday as they host Doane and Morningside. First serve is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.
The men's and women's tennis teams each picked up 5-0 victories against Doane in rain shortened matches on Thursday.
On Saturday, Midland Lutheran comes to town for a pair of matches with a 9:00 a.m. start time. Both teams are also scheduled to take on Morningside in a rescheduled match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The Bulldog tennis teams had seven different GPAC all-conference honorees, including three first-team selections.
Dean Flaten, a sophomore from Wayzata, Minn., earned first-team status in men’s singles. Flaten played in the No. 1 singles spot for the Bulldogs the entire season. Paul Endorf, a St. Louis, Mo., native earned second-team men’s singles honors. The sophomore held the team’s No. 3 singles position for the majority of the season. The duo of Endorf and Flaten earned first-team all-conference honors as well. Marc Hansen, a Columbus, Neb., freshman garnered honorable mention status.
For the women’s squad, Chris Brink was named to the first-team for the Bulldogs. Brink, a sophomore from Storm Lake, Iowa, filled the No. 1 singles spot. Melissa Burger garnered second-team singles honors accolades. A junior from Kearney, Neb., Burger was the No. 2 singles player for Concordia. As a duo, Brink and Burger teamed up in doubles and together earned second team all-conference honors.