By Kervy Robles, Sports Editor
Oklahoma Baptist Men’s Tennis team visited Springfield, Missouri seeking a victory over Lindenwood last Saturday.
Even though the Bison had a slow start during the first match of the day, OBU found a way to overcome adversity.
“I lost in singles against a very tough rival,” Lucas Castelo said.
“However, I turned the page quickly and took revenge in doubles.”
Castelo’s resolution was admired by his teammates who also contributed little by little in the final score.
“Kevin [Andrusch] also lost his first set,” Castelo said.
“But I let him know that if I could redeemed myself in the court, he could too.”
Freshman Kevin Andrusch won its match and it was time for junior Luis Romero to continue the winning track.
“It was a crucial moment and I had to win so we could keep the lead,” Romero said.
“I did my job and dominated my opponent with a 6-2 and 6-1 game.”
Romero partnered up with junior Thomas Ackerknecht and got another win in doubles for the Bison.
“Thomas [Ackerknecht] and I have developed a solid chemistry over the years,” Ackerknecht said.
“We controlled the game and won 8-1.”
Ackerknecht did his part and capitulated a 6-2 and 6-1 match to give OBU a momentary 5-1 lead over Lindenwood.
“Before jumping onto the court, I had a good feeling,” Ackerknecht said.
“Sometimes it is beneficial to see your teammates play first, it can absolutely motivate you.”
The last three games of the day came in hands of freshmen Gianluca Galdi, Matias Le Fort and Andrusch.
“This year, the freshmen are playing a significant role inside the team,” Ackerknecht said.
“We are trying to get them ready for next seasons and make of this program even more successful.”
Le Fort dominated with a 6-3 and 6-2 match as well as Galdi adding up a win by 6-4 and 6-1. The last match of the day came with a triumph thanks to Andrusch and Le Fort by 8-4 in doubles.
The Bison came back to Shawnee with an 8-1 win and expect Cameron University Tuesday 1 p.m.