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Men's Tennis - Fri, Mar. 7, 2014

The Bulldogs traveled to Tampa, FL over spring break to play numerous teams. Tennessee Wesleyan lost the first match against Bethel but then finished the trip strong winning the final three matches.

Bulldogs fall to 13 ranked Bethel Wildcats 7-2, the wildcats take number 2 and 3 doubles with identical scores 8-5. The Bulldogs lone doubles victory came in Number 1 doubles when Ezequil Gils and David Escabosa defeated Number 10 ranked team in NAIA Boca/Demusse 8-5. The Wildcats took 5 of the 6 singles, with the Bulldogs only victory coming at 6 singles when Jacob Dorey defeated Joshua Phelps 7-5, 6-4.

 

Coach LaRue commented:  "Bethel is a great team! What we have to learn is when we have a great team like Bethel down we have to finish the job, we were up  in both 2 and 3 doubles and our intensity went down for just a short period of time, and Bethel,  took full advantage of that and came back to win both 2 and 3 doubles. I told the guys if we finish the job in doubles, we have the momentum going into singles.

 

The Bulldogs bounced back from the defeat against #11 Bethel University with a 7-2 victory against the St.Johns Johnnys. The Bulldogs got up on the Johnnys by taking #1 and #3 doubles, and took 5 of the 6 singles.

 

The Bulldogs swept NCAA division2 foe Post University 9-0, the Bulldogs did not drop a set during the match.

 

The Bulldogs increased the winning streak to three in a row in Tampa, with a 8-1 victory over John Caroll University.  The Bulldogs only loss came at #2 doubles. The Bulldogs improve to 6-2 on the season, and open the conference season on the road against Milligan, Saturday.

 

"We played a lot of matches in a short period of time, which will help us get ready for conference tournament, where we will have to play 3 matches in 2 days.  The guys finished the spring break with a 3-1 record, but we must play with more intensity in doubles! We are starting to play more physical in singles.   The guys are starting to understand what it takes to be a championship caliber program in our victories we had to fight for everything or opponents gave us nothing."  stated Coach LaRue.