The Midland University’s men’s tennis team ended a decade of frustration against Doane on Friday in men’s tennis.
The Warriors beat the Tigers 7-2 for their first win over their fellow Great Plains Athletic Conference school in 10 years. The win improves Midland to 2-0 in the league and 10-7 overall.
“I was very happy for the men’s team. They have been working really hard and deserved this one,” Midland coach John Steinke said. “I am excited for what this team can do.”
In the women’s match, Midland defeated the Tigers 5-4. It was MU’s first win over Doane since 2010. The Lady Warriors improve to 2-0 in the league and 8-7 overall.
“Our women once again showed they have fight in them,” Steinke said. “This match was a real confidence booster. We are excited for what lies ahead for us.”
In the men’s match, Midland opened a 2-1 lead with Jack Fryer and Dylan Hatanelas winning No. 2 doubles 8-4 and Ryan Vitera and Enrique Lopez winning 8-4 at No. 3.
Salvador Almeida, Fryer, Vitera, Hatanelas and Lopez wins in their singles matches.
“The men were very motivated for our match,” Steinke said. “We came out early with a lot of energy and were able to get up 2-1 after doubles. In singles, we held our energy very high and were able to get the first sets on five of the six singles matches. We ended up winning all five of those matches.”
The Lady Warriors trailed 2-1 after doubles competition. Danelle Martin and Carolyn Howton won 8-5 at No. 3. Howton and Martin joined Annie Allmand, and Christina Villarreal winning singles matches to secure the victory.
“This dual was very difficult, but Carolyn and Danielle played well to get their matches in straight sets,” Steinke said. “Christina fought back from being down 9-5 in the third set breaker to win. Annie was able to clinch it with a third set tiebreaker of her own.”
The Lady Warriors are scheduled to host Northwestern at 4 Wednesday afternoon.