After a successful first weekend of the season, the Seward County Saints Men’s Tennis team was excited to hit the court again Tuesday as it traveled to Wichita to take on the Newman University Jets. What the young Saints squad lacked in experience against the 4-year University Jets, they made up for with their skills as they cruised to a 12-1 victory on the day in their first dual of the season.
The Saints were a perfect 9-0 in singles play on the day but not without a little bit of drama early on the afternoon. Laericeo Lobo played out of the #1 spot for the Saints and had to come back from an 0-1 deficit after falling 6-2 in the first set to Jimmy Dunseith. Lobo got things together and returned the favor on Dunseith 6-2 in the second set to even things at 1 apiece and then won the tie break 10-5 to come away with the win. Seward’s #2 player Nathan Nelmes faced the same situation as Lobo did earlier as he fell 6-4 in the first set but came back with a 6-1 statement win in the second set against Chris Copenhauer to even things up. Nelmes then took the momentum to the 3rd and final set where he won 10-5 as well to pick up the victory. A common theme on the day, Felipe Cruz followed his teammates footsteps in his first set against Kevin Klein by losing 6-3 and turning around for a big 6-1 2nd set win to knot things up. In the tie break Cruz and Klein battled back and forth with Cruz coming away with the 10-8 win. The rest of the Saints decided it would be more fun to just go ahead and take care of business and be done with it as Raphael Machado, Cristiano Mendes, Lucas Ikovitz, Eduardo Munoz, Alex Richards and Rafael Raw all won in straight sets to put the Saints a perfect 9-0 in singles play. Machado defeated Victor Bello 6-1, 6-4 while Mendes handled Nathan Peters easily 6-1, 6-2 to cruise to a victory. Izkovitz beat Andrew Haralson by matching 6-1 scores and Munoz beat Derek Emmert 6-3, 6-1. Richards took care of Jered Ferris in a close match 6-3, 7-5 and Raw wrapped things up with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Daniel Dragomirov.
In doubles action the Saints had to work a little bit harder as Lobo and Nelmes kicked things off with a 9-8 (7-2) thriller win over Dunseith and Bello before the Saints only loss came at the hands of Copenhauer and Klein who beat Cruz and Machado 8-6. Mendes and Izkovitz had no problem with Ferris and Haralson, winning 8-3 and Munoz and Raw teamed to knock off Dragomirov and Emmert 8-4 in the final match of the day.
The Saints next action comes this weekend as they travel to the Bethany Tournament in Lindsborg to play on Friday and Saturday.