The Seward County Saints and Lady Saints Tennis Teamís wrapped up a busy couple of days last weekend with a home match with Bethany College. Both teams traveled to Great Bend Thursday to take on Barton County. The #12 Lady Saints squared off with the Lady Cougars and played three great doubles matches with Barton but unfortunately came out on the bad end of all three. Fabiola Wisnesky and Valerie Stevens played in the number one doubles match and lost a nail biter 8-6. Juliana Boas and Alyssa Larson took on the Barton number two team and fell in another good match 8-5. In the number three doubles Antigone Lowery and Sylvia Perez went head to head with the Lady Cougars and lost in a tie break 9-7. In singles action the Lady Saints started off slow but were able to pick up victories from Larson and Lowery to come away with 2 wins in the 9 matches. Boas came back from a 6-2 first set loss to win the second 6-4 and force a third set tie-break where she lost 10-8 after a long battle. Larson defeated Julie Mermis handily, who had defeated her earlier in the day in doubles play, winning by the scores of 6-1 and 6-3. Lowery also avenged a doubles loss by knocking off Brittany Osborne 6-4 6-2 after Osborne got the best of her in the tie-break in doubles play. Perez, playing her first match as a Lady Saints fared well against Melissa McVey, but wasnít able to come out on the positive end of the battle, losing twice in extra sets 7-6, 7-5. On the menís side, the #11 Saints squared off with the #13 Cougars in a battle between two of the finest teams in the country. In doubles action the Saints struggled losing by the scores of 8-2, 8-5, and 8-2, but played better in singles action despite going winless on the day. In the number one singles match #31 Diego Abreu squared off against #30 Raphael Namias of Barton. Namias won the first set 7-6 but Abreu came back and won the second set 7-5. In the third set tie-break, the two went back and forth in a classic battle where Namias eventually came out on top 13-11 in a match that lasted almost four hours. Christian Romanzini went into his first match of the Spring season ranked 95th in the country as he took on 15th ranked Ataide Suca. Suca dominated the first set winning 6-0 but Romanzini played much better in the second set losing just 7-5. #48 Carlos Souza struggled against #19 Roman Mendoza losing 6-2, 6-1 in the number three singles match. Ivan Michelli and Petr Grigorev split the first two sets 6-4 a piece before Grigorev took the third set tie-break 10-6. Fernando Soni and Caio Rodrigues both dropped their matches in straight sets, Soni losing 6-3 and 7-5 with Rodrigues falling 6-1, 6-0.
Friday the Lady Saints and Saints returned home to take on NAIA power Bethany College in a dual here in Liberal. The Lady Saints struggled against the Lady Swedes, winning only one set on the day. Juliana Boas and Alyssa Larson came the closest in doubles action, dropping their match 8-5 while the other two were lost 8-4 and 8-0. In singles action, Fabiola Wisnesky lost her first set 6-3 and threatened to force a third set tie-break during the second set but eventually lost 7-6. Valerie Stevens had the best shot at winning Friday as she won her first set against Aimee Harrel 6-4 but lost both the second and third sets 6-4 and 6-3. The Saints Menís team also returned home as they were set to do battle with the 24th ranked NAIA team in the country in Bethany. The Saints played close with the Swedes in all three doubles matches but werenít able to come through with a victory losing 8-5, 8-6, and 8-6 but came back with a roar in singles action winning 5 of 6 to come away with the 5-4 win on the day. Diego Abreu defeated former Saint Adam Hambleton 7-6 and 6-4 to pick up the Saints first match win on the season and Christian Romanzini followed up that performance with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win of his own to get the Saints rolling. The Saints continued their winning ways as Carlos Souza won 6-4 7-6 while Ivan Michelli defeated Santiago Gonzales 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 in an exciting match. Fernando Soni wrapped up the Saints fifth straight singles win with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Jose Garcia to secure Seward Countyís first team win of the season.