Cougars and Tritons No Match for Seward

Brock Kappelmann - March 28, 2017 6:08 am

The Seward County Saints set a program record Monday on the road in Great Bend, downing Barton 8-1 and Iowa Central 9-0 to post their 14th and 15th wins of the season, breaking last year’s record haul of 14 wins.

Seward took on the 16th ranked Barton Cougars in their first match of the day. Doubles play got things going and it didn’t take the Saints long to grab a commanding lead in the match. Carlos Anez and Ondrej Nice took an 8-4 decision at #1 to get Seward on the board and Duro Opacic and Przemek Zielinski won 8-2 at #2 to make it 2-0 Saints. Ben Finet and Renato Santos finished off the doubles sweep as they won an 8-3 decision at #3 to give the Saints a 3-0 lead into singles.

In singles it was more green and white. Anez cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win at #1 while Claudio Quinones won 6-2, 6-1 at #3 to seal it for the Saints. Ngoni Makambwa, Diego Friere, and Dane Mechali all picked up straight set wins at the bottom three spots in the lineup for the Saints as well. Barton took their only point at #2.

The Saints dominate the Cougars 8-1 for their 14th win of the season while Barton falls to 4-5 on the year.


The Saints second match of the day came against a first year program in Iowa Central. It wasn’t very competitive between the perennial power Saints and the new kids on the block from Fort Dodge. Seward lost just three total games in doubles play to push out to an easy 3-0 lead.

In singles it was more of the same as Renato Santos, Finet, Mechali, and Lautaro Monardo each blanked their opponents 6-0, 6-0 for the Saints while Opacic and Zielinski cruised to wins at #1 and #2 to finish off the 9-0 sweep .

The win sets a new program record for wins in a season as Seward improves to 15-3 on the year.


Seward will get back at it on Friday when they take on Jacksonville in the first round of the Seminole State Duals in Oklahoma City.

The #6 Seward County Lady Saints cruised to a pair of wins Monday in Great Bend, hammering #17 Barton 8-1 before blanking Iowa Central 9-0 to improve to 12-4 on the year.

The Lady Saints began the day against the host Barton Cougars and it was all Lady Saints in doubles action to start the match. Thalita Rodrigues and Lisa Suzuki won 8-3 at #2 and Sarah Manseri and Steffany Bermudez took an 8-2 decision at #2 to put the Lady Saints up 2-0. An 8-4 win by Tadi Mrewa and Madison Hoelting finished up pairs play with Seward in front of Barton 3-0.

There were two three setters in singles action, with each side picking up a win. Rodrigues outlasted Neus Torregosa 10-5 in the third to take the point at #1 while Idah Longwe took an 11-9 third set at #4 for Barton to give the Cougars their first point. Seward dominated all of the other spots as Manseri won 6-1, 6-2 at #2, Hoelting won 6-1, 6-0 at #6 to seal the win for Seward. Martina Borges and Fernanda Santana both took straight set victories at #3 and #5 to finish up the day for the Lady Saints, giving Seward an 8-1 win in Jayhawk Conference play.


The Lady Saints took on a shorthanded Iowa Central squad that featured just three players in their second dual of the day. Only one doubles match was played as 2nd ranked Rodrigues and Bermudez took the court for the first time together this season for an 8-0 win to give Seward a 3-0 lead.

Manseri, Borges, and Hoelting were the three Lady Saints to see court time in singles play, each taking straight set decisions to finish off the easy 9-0 win for the gals in green.


Seward improves to 12-4 on the year with the two victories. The Lady Saints will play Barton again at the Seminole State Duals on Friday morning in Oklahoma City before a likely showdown with Seminole State later that afternoon.


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