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Saints Tennis Sets Record for Wins in a Season

KSCB News - April 10, 2015 12:37 pm

It has been a record breaking year for the 3rd ranked Seward County Saints in 2015 and Thursday at home on the Campus Tennis Courts, they set another all-time mark, picking up their 9th win of the season in a 9-0 drubbing of visiting Hesston, marking the most wins in a single season in school history.

Seward jumped out strong against Hesston Thursday afternoon in Liberal, hammering the Larks in all three doubles matches. Ronzai Saurombe and Vitor Galvao won 8-1 at #1 doubles while Felipe Casares and Alvaro Regnifo did the same at #2 to give the Saints a 2-0 lead in the match. The most lopsided match though came at #3 where Tare Mariga and Paul Arslanian needed just 22 minutes to win 8-0 to give the Saints a clean sweep in doubles action.

As singles play got underway, it was quite obvious that the Saints domination was set to continue. Saurombe picked up a 6-0, 6-3 win at #1 while Galvao defeated Eric Cender 6-2, 6-0 at #2 to seal the match for Seward. Regnifo was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at #3 for Seward and Casares defended his #31 national ranking with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at #4. The Saints top two point getters this season, Tare Mariga and Paul Arslanian each improved to 9-1 on the season at #5 and #6 singles, earning 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 victories respectively at the bottom of the lineup to complete the 9-0 sweep.

Seward improves to 9-3 on the season and their 9 wins sets an all-time mark in Saints Tennis history. Individually the Saints are now 80-28 in their 2015 matches and will take that record into the NJCAA Region VI Championships in Arkansas City on Friday, April 24th.


Roy Allen

The 14th ranked Seward County Lady Saints will have some momentum going into the upcoming NJCAA Region VI Tournament after blanking the visiting Hesston Larks 9-0 in their 2015 regular season finale Thursday afternoon at Blue Bonnet Park in Liberal.

The Lady Saints and Larks kicked things off with doubles play and it was a whitewashing in favor of Seward. In #1 doubles, 2nd ranked Paula Lopez and Paula Coyos put on one of the most dominating performances you will ever see, losing just a single point in an 8-0 shutout win. Kellyn Peters and Xochitl Gonzalez followed suit at #2, winning easily 8-2 to put the Lady Saints up 2-0 and Naomie Bukassa and Grace Golden earned themselves an 8-1 win at #3 doubles to give Seward the 3-0 sweep in pair play.

It was more of the same if not even more dominant for Seward County in singles action where Lopez, Coyos, and Peters all won 6-0, 6-0 in the top three spots of the lineup to clinch the match win for the Lady Saints. Bukassa put together her most complete match of the year at #4 singles, downing Adrienne Derstine 6-1, 6-0 while Gonzalez won 6-2, 6-1 in straight sets at #5 and Golden picked up her fourth win of the season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at #6 to complete the 9-0 sweep for the Lady Saints.

Seward finishes the regular season 5-7 overall and evens their individual match record at 54-54 for the 2015 season.

Next up for the Lady Saints will be a two week layoff before hitting the courts once again on April 24th when they head to Arkansas City to compete at the NJCAA Region VI Championship.


Roy Allen


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