Tennis moves further through the PacWest tourney

The women fell to APU 0-4 during the semifinals while the men defeated Metro State in a clean sweep, 4-0 in the consolation bracket.

Andi Basista, Sports Editor

Biola tennis remains in Surprise, Ariz. for the PacWest Conference tournament. After a powerful win by the women and a tough loss by the men, the teams switched positions in Friday’s matches. The women lost 0-4 to Azusa Pacific University while the men defeated Metro State University, 4-0.

SADDENED SEMIFINALS

The women entered the semifinals with a chip on their shoulder after yesterday’s victory over Point Loma Nazarene University. However, it was a much different story today. Freshmen Brooke Fager and Lilly McNeill fell in their No. 2 doubles 3-6 while freshman Amelia Kitts and sophomore Ines Diaz were also defeated in their No. 3 doubles 2-6. Freshman Colbyshae Emery and sophomore Mary Brascia lost their first set in the No. 1 doubles, but left the second set unfinished.

The singles showed no shift in luck as Fager, McNeill and Diaz all took tough losses to their APU opponents. Emery, Brascia and junior Madison Swaney all left their matches unfinished.

REDEMPTION DAY

Thankfully, the men had much greater success on the courts in Arizona. Sophomores Alexei Prokopchuk and Antonio Rosales Varona defeated their No. 1 opponents, 6-3. Sophomore Sebastian Herrera and senior Erik Martinez also brought home a victory for the Eagles, winning their No. 2 doubles 7-6. However, sophomore Alex Sedeno and freshman Isaac Cordova fell in a hard-fought battle in their No. 3 doubles, 5-7.

The singles matches showed heavily in favor of Biola. Herrera and Varona both finished their singles with a 6-2 win while Cordova finished with a 6-4 victory. Prokopchuk, Sedeno and sophomore Andres Meneses left their matches unfinished.

The women will compete for third place in the tournament on Saturday, April 24 at 9 a.m. against Concordia University Irvine while the men will take on PLNU tomorrow at 1 p.m. in a battle for fifth place.

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