McPherson College Athletics
OMAHA, NEB.— The McPherson College women’s tennis team opened up its 2020 spring campaign on the road in an exhibition with NCAA Division I, University of Nebraska Omaha. The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with the Mavericks but ultimately fell 7-0.
The scoring in college tennis has changed this season to a seven-point system instead of the nine-point system of previous years. All six singles matches are still worth one point each, but instead of a single point for each doubles match, now the winner of two of the three doubles matches earns one point.
Doubles had been diminished even more with each match now consisting of a single six-game with no-ad scoring. Against the Mavs, the Bulldogs sent Brittany Zipf and Erica Paradise to the No.1 line, Polina Khoroshevskaya and Kayla Ortiz at No.2, and Vanessa Mundo and Grace Maxey rounded out the lineup at No.3.
Zipf and Paradise couldn’t get much started against the Mavs and were defeated 6-0. UNO clinched the doubles point when Mundo and Maxey fell at No.3, 5-2. With the point secured, the No.2 doubles match was suspended with the Khoroshevskaya and Ortiz in a close match, trailing 4-3.
The Bulldogs’ singles lineup included Zipf on the one-line, Paradise at two, Khoroshevskaya at four, Mundo at four, Ortiz at five and Kendra Maples in the No.6 spot. The two closest matches for the Bulldogs came at the one and 6six lines. Zipf won a tight opening set 6-4, then dropped the second 6-2. They played a super tie-breaker (10 pts.) to decide the match with UNO winning 10-7. At No.6, Maples hung tough but eventually falling 6-3, 7-6 (4).
“I was impressed with the fight that the ladies showed today,” said interim head coach Jeremy Nelson said. “This will likely be the toughest team we see all season, and we didn’t shrink back from the challenge. I believe this match will go a long way in getting us prepared for a run at the KCAC later in the season.”
Next up for the Bulldogs is another trip back to Nebraska next weekend. Both the women, and the men will head up to Hastings, Nebraska to play the Broncos as well as Colorado College.