By Courtlin Haygarth, Contributing Writer (Courtesy photo/Bison Athletics)
It was a late night in Springfield as the Bison took on the Panthers of Drury University. After falling just short to No. 19 Washburn back February 10th, the Bison looked to upset the 13th ranked Drury Panthers. Drury was ranked 13th for a reason.
In Men’s Singles, the number one flight matchup between OBU’s Lucas Castelo Branco and Drury’s Sebastian Amato went the distance. Branco came up just short, with Amata winning the match 6-3, 2-6, 10-4.
The number two flight featuring OBU’s Kevin Andrusch vs. Nico Hadeler of Drury was seemingly all Hadeler, as he won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. OBU’s Daniel Aguilera vs. Augustin Diot, in the number three flight, wasn’t much different. Diot won 6-3, 6-1.
OBU’s Luis Romero showed a bit more fight in his match against Gregor Kokalj in the 4th flight as Romero lost 6-4, 7-5.
The moment it seemed like the OBU Men would get swept in singles, OBU’s Gianluca Galdi in the 5th flight gave the Bison a sign of life as he defeated Lukos Stierling 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). The number six flight had OBU’s Matias Le Fort losing to Sacha Mourier 6-3, 6-0. Overall score of the singles matches: OBU – 1 Drury – 5.
For Men’s Doubles, though, the Bison Men showed a lot of fight, it was a clean sweep for the Panthers. The number one flight which featured OBU’s Andrusch/Romero vs. Amato/Kokalj had the Panther duo narrowly edging out the victory, 9-8 (10-5). OBU’s Le Fort/Galdi vs. Hadeler/Stierling in the second flight saw similar fight out of the Bison duo, with them coming up short to the duo from Drury 9-7. To round it out for the Panthers, the number three flight between OBU’s Aguilera/Branco and Diot/Mourier had the Panthers taking it 8-5.
Overall score of the doubles matches: OBU – 0 Drury – 3. The fi nal score of the day had the Drury Panthers getting the best of the OBU Bison, 8-1.
The Lady Bison brought into a tough matchup with the Drury Lady Panthers a 1-0 record and looking to become 2-0.
The Lady Panthers were a perfect 4-0. The Lady Bison had the goal to be the Panthers’ first loss.
In Women’s Singles, the matches were split for each side.
The Lady Bison that tasted victory was Kateryna Shkot, who came back with a vengeance after losing the first set to Ruby Huang, 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.
Next, Alex Bowers over Josephine Jedrychowski, 7-6 (retired), and Madeleine Boepple winning in straight sets over Julia Schepp, 6-3, 6-1.
Overall score of the singles matches: OBU – 3 Drury – 3. For women’s doubles, Drury narrowly edged out OBU in the victory field as OBU’s number one doubles team Moosbacher/Boepple lost to Huang/Karl 8-0.
Shkot/Walsh, OBU’s number two doubles team, got the win vs. Jedrychowski/Voigt 8-6.
In the deciding match, Drury’s Schepp/Zheleva got the better of OBU’s Abbe/Bowers, winning 9-7.
Overall score of the doubles matches: OBU – 1 Drury – 2.
Coming into this matchup, the ladies of Drury had only given up 4 points in their 4 wins combined. The Lady Bison forced 4 points in this one match. The OBU women take away some bright spots from this tough loss as they finish this back-to-back tomorrow when they face the Lindenwood Lady Lions.
On Saturday Oklahoma Baptist swept Lindenwood, 9-0, to move to 2-1 and finish off its Missouri road trip.
Kim Moosbacher and Kateryna Shkot won for the first time this spring as doubles partners, 8-3, at number one doubles and Tahlia Walsh and Madeleine Boepple did the same at number two, winning 8-2.
Moosbacher, Shkot, Walsh, Alex Bowers and Boepple all recorded singles wins. The Lady Bison play at home Friday, taking on Cowley County Community College at one o’clock pm. Saturday the Lady Bison will face the Saints of Seward County Community College at 12 pm