HU drops match at Missouri-St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In a match that began on Monday and finished early Tuesday morning, the 39th-ranked Harding men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season 5-2 to Missouri-St. Louis.

The teams had to wait for the carpeted courts of the public Frontenac Racquet Club until 9 p.m. and the match ended after midnight.

Harding was swept in doubles for the first time this season and went into singles down 3-0.

The Bisons won two of the four singles matches that were completed before the Tritons clinched the winning point. Freshman Mathaus Spiering, ranked 18th in the NCAA Division II ITA Central Region Singles Rankings, won his eighth straight singles match and improved to 10-1 this season in singles. Spiering defeated Nils Mueggenburg, the No. 5-ranked player in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Yann Le Mat won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in dual singles matches.

Harding plays again Tuesday at noon against Lindenwood.


Missouri-St. Louis ekes past HU

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In a late-night match at the Frontenac Racquet Club, Missouri-St. Louis won three of the four matches that went to tiebreakers and defeated Harding 5-4 on Monday night.

Harding, ranked No. 9 in the ITA Central Region, dropped to 4-3 overall. Missouri-St. Louis, who is ranked No. 7 in the Midwest Region, improved to 3-1.

Harding trailed 2-1 after doubles. The Lady Bisons earned a point at No. 1 doubles where Benyapa Phumtip and Piper Huey won their second straight match and improved to 3-1 on the season with an 8-3 victory.

Freshman Piper Huey won her fourth straight match, defeating Renee Verboven 10-6 in a third-set tiebreaker.

Phumtip, ranked No. 9 in the Central Region, defeated Natalia Carvalhais, the No. 11 players in the Midwest Region, 7-6, 6-2.

Harding plays Tuesday at noon against Central Region foe Lindenwood.

Lady Reddies win first match

CLARKSVILLE — Henderson State recorded its first win of the season as the Lady Reddie tennis team beat the University of the Ozarks 7-2, Tuesday.

Henderson State (1-5) opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches.

Sarah Camras and Brittany Harness had little trouble beating Elly Eibes and Macie Kelley at No. 1 doubles 8-0.

At No. 2 doubles, Sara Griffin and Monica Woodward defeated Mollie Wilkinson and Kalli Simpson, 8-5, while Tyler Reaves and Maddie McJunkins easily downed Whitney Lewis and Kristen Swafford at No. 3 doubles by a score of 8-2.

The Lady Reddies won four of the six singles matches with Sara Griffin starting things with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Whitney Lewis at No. 1 singles.

Sarah Camras moved up and played at No. 2 singles and went on to defeat Elly Eibes 6-3, 6-2.

Playing at No. 3 singles was Brittany Harness who swept Mollie Wilkinson 6-0, 6-0, while Tyler Reaves defeated Kalli Simpson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Henderson State will next travel to Durant, Okla., on March 1 to take on Southeastern Oklahoma.

Davis picks up win No. 100

RUSSELLVILLE — Already the winningest coach in Arkansas Tech tennis history, Golden Suns head coach Abby Davis reached another milestone with her 100th career win as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns tennis team (4-1) rolled to a 9-0 win over John Brown University on Tuesday at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

Now in her tenth season, Davis has led the Golden Suns to two straight Great American Conference regular-season titles and is a two-time GAC Coach of the Year.

The Golden Suns’ match with John Brown started off with the Suns picking up an early 3-0 lead through the doubles points. Nozomi Matsuoka and Tammy Bell swept to an 8-0 decision at No. 1 doubles. Bohdana Sardak and Olga Leyshyna topped Courtney Pinter and Kellie Mowrer 8-0 at the No. 2 doubles point. Laura Sanchez and Camila Roca were 8-2 winners at No. 3 doubles.

The Suns cruised through the singles points, as Roca topped Mowrer 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and Sanchez dropped Wilkenson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.

Tech returns to action on Friday hosting Ouachita Baptist in a 2 p.m. match at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.