SEWARD, Neb. – The dominance of freshman Willy Pardos has brought back shades of former Concordia tennis star Timothy Marshall, who went his entire career without losing a conference match. On Wednesday the league recognized Pardos as the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. Pardos is the first Bulldog tennis player to receive a weekly award in 2016.
Pardos remains a perfect 4-0 in both singles and doubles play when faced with GPAC opponents. Last week Pardos cruised to No. 1 singles victories over Nebraska Wesleyan’s Trevor Milburn, 6-1, 6-0, and over Midland’s Andy McDill, 6-0, 6-0. He also teamed up with Javier Moreno on two wins at No. 1 doubles.
A native of Pamplona, Spain, Pardos is now 11-4 overall this season while playing all of his singles matches at the No. 1 spot. Pardos made waves earlier this season when he defeated then No. 5 nationally-ranked Spartak Rahachou of Baker University (Kan.) on Feb. 6. According to ratings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on April 13, Pardos is the eighth-ranked singles player in the NAIA’s Central region. No other GPAC player appears in the rankings.
Pardos and the Bulldogs are scheduled to return to action tonight (April 20) at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. First serve is set for 4 p.m. CT.