The CCC men's tennis team hosted the Southwestern College Mound Builders on Tuesday at the McPherson High School tennis courts. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-1 lead on the Builders after the doubles portion of the dual. Mark Gayer
and Ivory Washington
, playing at the #1 doubles spot, won their second match in a row defeating Southwestern's #1 team 8-2. At #3, David Armstrong
and Gunnar Kelly
won their match 8-4.
In Singles, the Tigers won 5 of the 6 spots. The only loss in singles came at #2 in a tough and controversial 3rd set tie breaker. Mark Gayer stayed perfect on the season at #1 with a convincing 6-1-, 6-3 victory. Ivory Washington had to come from a set down to win at #3 singles 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. Gunnar Kelly also won convincingly at #4 and clinched the dual with a 6-1, 6-3 decision. Grant Rardon won his 3rd match in a row at #5 6-4, 6-2. David Armstrong won again at #6 singles in a close match 6-4, 6-4.
"We ended up winning fairly easily", said Coach Nelson, "but this match remained in doubt for a while and made me nervous. Give Southwestern credit they didn't give up in any of the matches today, and made us earn each win. I was proud of the way we dug in and found a way to win when the matches got tight."
The Tigers are now 3-1 on the season. They play an exhibition match with Hesston College on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30.