Concordia dominates Bethany, runs record to 3-0

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 27, 2021 in Men's Tennis

LINCOLN, Neb. – In action for the second time this spring, the Concordia University Men’s Tennis team won all but two of the nine matches while up against Bethany College (Kan.) on Saturday (Feb. 27). The Bulldogs swept through doubles and then took four of six singles decisions over the Swedes. The match was contested inside Genesis Racquet Club in Lincoln, Neb.

Head Coach David DeSimone’s squad has also defeated William Jewell College (Mo.) and Sterling College (Kan.) during the 2020-21 season.

“We played excellent doubles, especially at No. 1,” DeSimone said. “Our depth in the singles lineup was on display again today with some solid wins at 3 through 6.”

The duo of Jack Kitson and Eduardo Rojas held down the No. 1 doubles spots that earned DeSimone’s praise. They held off their counterparts for a 6-4 win. The closes decision in doubles came at No. 2 where Jeremy Berryman and Joe Bindl squeaked out a victory. Then at No. 3, Juan Rabellino and Luke Zoller teamed up on a 6-1 win.

The victories in singles came courtesy of Isaac Howes at No. 1, Kitson at No. 2, Bindl at No. 5 and Rabellino at No. 6. In six singles, Rabellino won every game in a 6-0, 6-0 decision. Each of the singles matches were decided without tiebreakers being necessary. Rojas and Zoller played at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively.

Through three dual matches, Concordia has combined to go 12-6 in singles and 7-2 in doubles play. Rabellino is now 3-0 in singles matches having played at three different spots in the lineup. Bindl (3-0) and Kitson (2-0) are also undefeated in singles.

Bethany slipped to 0-2 having also lost at Midland, 5-2, on Feb. 12. The Bulldogs also got the best of the Swedes in 2019 with the result being a 5-4 final score (each doubles match counted as an individual team point).

The Bulldogs will now have a break in the action with the next scheduled match slated for Thursday, March 11 when they will be at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. Match time is set for 11 a.m. CT.