Pardos defeats fifth-ranked Wildcat

By on Feb. 6, 2016 in Men's Tennis

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Concordia men’s tennis team went up against Baker University on Saturday. The Bulldogs were defeated 7-2 by the Wildcats.

Concordia moves to 1-3 on the season. Baker is 1-0 after its victory.

Head coach Joel Reckewey said, “The men’s match was the most exciting match of the season. Our top two singles players were victorious. I was such a magical moment when Willy Pardos won his match against the No. 5 ranked tennis player in the country. The entire team rallied behind Willy in the fantastic third set, 10 point victory. Everyone celebrated. It was very exciting.”

Freshman Willy Pardos defeated Spartak Rahachou who is ranked fifth nationally. Pardos and Rahacou had to play extra to determine the winner. The match was decided 3-6, 7-5, 10-4 in favor of Pardos. This marks the freshman’s third win of the season with his only loss coming from an NCAA Division I athlete. That match went long also.

Also winning in the singles matches was Thomas Greef who defeated Blake Barnard, 6-3, 6-2.Barnard is ranked 47th in the nation and 10th in his region.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Feb. 12 as they take on Ottawa University in Lincoln, Neb.