By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
The UNO men’s and women’s tennis team swept Hastings on Saturday afternoon, and the women dropped a 6-1 decision at Sioux Falls Wednesday. The men won 4-3 on the strength of a strong start in doubles, and the women overwhelmed the Broncos 7-0.
“We came out really strong in doubles and performed really well all the way up and down the lineup,” tennis coach Mike Saniuk said. “For the girls, it was a way to work on some stuff and get some other girls in the lineup that normally don’t get a chance to play.”
Alex Tran and Rachel Pierson opened women’s doubles with an 8-2 win, Heather Hottman and Lindsay Weideman playing in the no. 2 spot took the victory 8-4 and Amanda Henkel and Diana Dobey won the third spot 8-2.
In singles, Weideman took the no. 1 spot normally reserved for Tran and impressed with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Overall the Mavs only dropped six out of 72 games in singles.
Jacqueline Baude won at no. 2 6-1, 6-0, Pierson took the third spot 6-0, 6-0, Hottman earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the fourth spot, Caitlin Christy won the fifth spot 6-1, 6-0 and Kelsey Bigando took the sixth spot 6-0, 6-1.
On the men’s side, Peter Greteman and Carlos Ramos Salazar won no. 1 doubles 8-3, Connor Larson and Anthony Forcucci took no. 2 doubles 8-5 and Nathan Greteman and Ben Williams picked up a win in no. 3 doubles 8-5.
In singles Ramos Salazar and Forcucci were defeated in the one and two spots, Larson won in the third spot, Brandon Otoski fell in the four spot and Williams and Greteman won in the fifth and sixth spots.
“The women were kind of able to go through the motions and work some kinks out and for the men’s team it was a pretty decent win considering that team beat us last year,” Saniuk said. “The score line was 4-3, but if you look at it we dominated, won all the doubles matches. We won pretty comfortably even though the score line was 4-3.”
The women’s team followed up their 7-0 victory over Hastings College with a 6-1 defeat at future Summit League opponent South Dakota Tuesday afternoon. Tran got the Mavs their only point, winning her singles match 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Baude pushed her match to three sets as well but lost 0-6, 7-5, 6-2. UNO did not get any victories in doubles matchups.