A battle of the top two men's tennis teams in the Central Region saw Quachita Baptist sneak out a 5-4 win over Northwest Missouri State Saturday at the Cooper Indoor Tennis Complex Saturday.
In doubles play every match came down to the wire as the Bearcats trailed 2-1 picking up their only win at No. 3 doubles. Alvaro Riveros and Dylan Bernatzky earned the first point for Northwest with the 8-3 victory.
Both of the Bearcats' losses were tight as Luis Altimires and Sergio De Vilchez fell 9-8 (8-2) at No. 1 doubles, while Rafael Bugiga and Narducci Guilherme lost 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.
Singles action came down to the final match as the Bearcats picked up quick wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Alvaro Riveros knocked off Teodor Anghel 6-0, 6-3 before Jason Harris finished off Leon Ferran, 6-3, 6-4.
Ouachita Baptist earned wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles when Rafael Bugiga fell 7-6, 6-1 and Luis Altimires dropped a close match, 6-3, 6-1.
The Bearcats turned to their No. 1 singles position in a match of nationally ranked singles players. Sergio De Vilchez and Marko Boskovic battled a close match that saw Boskovic earn the point for the Tigers, 7-6, 6-2.
However, in the final match it was Vitor Oliverira earning a 6-4 win against Guilherme Narducci helping OBU pick up the 5-4 win.
The Northwest Missouri State women's tennis narrowly missed a sweep Saturday as they shutout Arkansas Tech 5-0 before Drury rallied to beat the Bearcats 6-3 in the nightcap.
The Bearcats started the day in almost perfect fashion. Northwest raced out to a 3-0 lead in doubles and picked up two more quick wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles for a 5-0 win over the Golden Suns.
The 22nd-ranked doubles team of Alexis Bartek and Camila Quesada picked up an 8-3 win and was followed by the duo of Gisela Font and Natalia Galindo who also earned an 8-3 victory.
In singles action it was Natalia Galindo and Bartek that closed out the match. Galindo knocked off Aida Castany at No. 2 singles, while Bartek was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Camila Roca at the No. 3 position.
In Saturday's night cap the Bearcat women fought to the end, but it was 22nd-ranked Drury that proved to be too much taking a 6-3 win.
Northwest earned a 2-0 advantage with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles and looked in command. Alexis Bartek and Camila Quesada defeated Beatriz Juan and Stefanie Monsch, 8-2 while Stephanie Mannix and Emily Hoffman picked up a 9-8 win.
Mannix earned the lone singles win for the Bearcats defeating Chanel Deschamps, 6-0, 6-4.
The Lady Panther s captured the necessary three wins to end the match including one of the closest at No. 1 singles. Quesada battled Juan to the end before falling 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
Northwest opens its home season next Friday against regional foe Southeastern Oklahoma before a Saturday meeting with Missouri-St. Louis. Both matches are slated to start at 3 p.m. from the Frank Grube Tennis Courts.
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By NW Sports Information
Updated Feb. 24, 2013 @ 4:19 pm
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