OBU tennis team registered two wins in GAC

By Kervy Robles, Sports Editor

Oklahoma Baptist men’s tennis team hosted Ouachita Baptist University in a Great American Conference opening contest.

Freshman Kevin Andrusch was the first Bison to set advantage with a 6-1, 6-3 win.

“I am usually the first player to come out,” Andrusch said.

“For this reason, it is very important for the confidence of my team that I get the first win.”

Sophomore Lucas Castelo Branco defeated No. 2 single opponent 6-4, 6-4.

“The game turned out to be very difficult because of the wind and the determination of my opponent,” Castelo said.

“Although, the match was even for the most part, I dominated and got the win.”

Junior Luis Romero struggled to beat his rival and lost 3-2 in an unfinished match due to an injury.

Freshman Matias Le Fort won his match by 6-4, 6-0 extending the Bison’s advantage.

“After Luis [Romero] retired, they were trying to make a come back,” Le Fort said.

“I was not going to let my rival to beat me. The win brought a sort of confidence back to the team.”

Next, freshman Gianluca Galdi and junior Thomas Ackerknecht won their games 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-2, respectively.

“The match day came to a crucial momentum when we closed singles with two wins,” Ackerknecht said.

“At this point, we were superior to our rival and we dominated in doubles.”

Freshman Matias Le Fort with a powerful backhand. / Kervy Robles,  The Bison 

The Bison swept in every single double competition. Andrusch and Galdi won 9-7 while Romero and Ackerknecht earned a victory with a 9-7 match as well.

Finally Castelo and Le Fort finished with a 8-2 win to give OBU a 8-1 overall victory Friday afternoon.

The next rival in agenda was No. 19 Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Andrusch earned the first single win with a 6-4, 6-3 match.

However, the visitors put the Bison in trouble when Castelo (6-7, 4-6), Romero (4-6, 4-6) and Le Fort (6-0, 2-6, 6-7) lost their respective singles games.

OBU reacted with two following victories in hands of Galdi (7-6, 7-6) and Ackerknecht (6-1, 7-5).

With a 3-3 score, the match day will be decided in double competitions where the Bison set clear superiority.

Andrusch and Galdi dominated 9-8 while Romero and Ackerknecht did not dissapoint with a 8-4 win.

Even though, Castelo and Le Fort struggled (6-8), OBU already sentenced the series with a 5-4 overall score for a bright Monday afternoon.

The Bison will travel and face GAC rival Harding University Saturday at 11 a.m. in Arkansas.

Featured photo by Kervy Robles. 

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