Three Bulldogs claim singles wins in season-opening defeat

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 4, 2017 in Men's Tennis

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Concordia University men’s tennis team made its season debut on Saturday inside the Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln. While the Bulldogs were dealt a 6-3 loss by Baker University (Kan.), three individuals for third-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squad produced singles victories.

Concordia is coming off a 2016 season during which it went 7-12 overall and placed fifth in the GPAC.

“I was pleased with the way the men competed considering we were without Javier Moreno,” Reckewey said. “We showed improvement over last season’s matchup with Baker. We had a chance to win at No. 2 doubles, we just couldn’t finish. That’s something we need to work on a team. Overall I was pleased with how we competed considering the circumstances.”

After getting swept in doubles play, the Bulldogs enjoyed better success in singles. Concordia picked up wins from Thomas Greeff (No. 2), Gabe Poling (No. 4) and Josh Miller (No. 6). A freshman from Omaha, Miller notched the first collegiate victory of his career.

The rest of the men’s singles lineup included senior Patricio Esquivel at No. 1, freshman Lucas Zoller at No. 3 and sophomore Tommy McNish at No. 3. In doubles play, Esquivel teamed with Poling at No. 1, Greeff paired with Zoller at No. 2 and McNish combined with Alex Kaldahl at No. 3.

The Bulldogs will play on campus on Thursday (Feb. 9) when NCAA Division II William Jewell College (Mo.) visits Seward. The match is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m. CT inside the Fieldhouse.