Concordia concludes Kansas tour by topping Friends, falling at Bethany

By Jacob Knabel on Mar. 8, 2017 in Men's Tennis

LINDSBORG, Kan. – The Concordia University men’s tennis team can finally take a breath following a stretch of five-straight days with a match. The Bulldogs went 3-2 during that period that finished with an 8-1 win over Friends University (Kan.) on Monday and then a 7-2 loss to No. 24 Bethany College on Tuesday.

Third-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squad now stands at 5-7 overall.

In Monday’s victory in Wichita, Kan., over Friends, Concordia won every single match with the exception of No. 1 singles. Elsewhere in singles, Patricio Esquivel (No. 1), Gabe Poling (No. 2) and Lucas Zoller (No. 3) churned out contested victories. The Bulldogs won at No. 5 and No. 6 by default.

The Bulldogs owned a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles courtesy of wins by the pairs of Thomas Greeff and Zoller at No. 1, Javier Moreno and Poling at No. 2 and Esquivel and Josh Miller at No. 3.

In the latest affair, Concordia came up short against a perennially solid Bethany program. The Swedes swept through doubles and then won four of six singles bouts. Concordia got its only wins at the Nos. 3 and 5 singles spots, which were occupied by Moreno and Zoller, respectively. Poling fell at No. 4, dropping his season record to 9-2.

The Bulldogs will wait until March 30 to return to action. On that date, Concordia will go up against Nebraska Wesleyan inside the Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln, Neb. First serve is set for 4 p.m. CT.