FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s tennis team knocked off Doane University for the first time in 10 years on Friday at the Fremont High School tennis courts. With the 7-2 victory, the Warriors improve to 2-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play and 10-7 overall.
The Lady Warriors edged Doane 5-4 for their first victory over the Tigers since 2010. Midland is 2-0 in the GPAC and 8-7 overall.
“I was very happy for the men’s team. They have been working really hard and deserved this one. I am excited for what this team can do,” Coach John Steinke said. “Our women once again showed they have fight in them. 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 in doubles with Jack Fryer and Dylan Hatanelas winning No. 2 doubles 8-4 and Ryan Vitera and Enrique Lopez winning No. 3 doubles 8-4. 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 No. 3 doubles 8-5. Howton and Martin joined Annie Allmand, and Christina Villarreal winning singles matches to secure the victory for Midland.
“This dual was very difficult, 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 p.m. Wednesday and the College of Saint Mary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Midland’s men’s team travels to Morningside on April 24.