The Seward County Community College men’s tennis team faced four nationally-ranked opponents last weekend in the Seminole State Tennis Festival in Oklahoma City. The Saints defeated No. 1 (D-III) Eastfield Community College 9-0, and then suffered defeats against No. 4 Collin County Community College (0-9), No. 7 Seminole State College (3-6) and No. 10 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (3-6). Singles players Roberto Gomez and Charlie Salter led the Saints each going 3-1 in singles competition. The Saints are now 47-47 overall in total matches played this season.

The No. 8 nationally-ranked Saints had little trouble defeating NJCAA Division III powerhouse Eastfield, with all but one match ending in straight sets. Seward County had its finest outing of the trip in doubles competition against Eastfield with a perfect 3-0 record.

Seward County was shutout by Collin County, 0-9, who last season finished in fifth-place in the NJCAA Tournament on its home courts in Plano. Two of Collin’s top singles players are ranked in the top 9 singles players in the nation.

Salter was the only SCCC player to play a match that extended past the second set with a loss to Jordan Vicain, 3-6, 6-2, 8-10 in No. 6 singles.

The Seminole State Trojans handed the Saints a loss, 3-6. Gomez (6-2, 6-2), sophomore Luis Cabizuca (6-3, 6-2) and Salter (6-4, 6-1) were the winning singles players for the Saints.

Seward County finished the weekend with nine consecutive losses in doubles competition. The Saints were defeated by Arkansas – Fort Smith 3-6, as Gomez (6-2, 6-2), freshman Ivan Michelli (6-1, 6-4) and Salter (6-1, 6-0) each claimed singles wins.

The Saints will be back in Region VI competition this week traveling to play No. 3 Johnson County Community College on Thursday, April 10, for a 1:30 p.m. dual on neutral courts in Wichita, Kan.