Washburn tennis matches up against Oklahoma Baptist

Madison Lysaught stays fierce as she fights against Oklahoma Baptist's No. 5 spot.

Kendra Wicks

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The Washburn tennis teams traveled to Oklahoma City to face the Bison Feb. 10. The women fell 3-6 overall while the men pulled off a 5-4 victory in the final match.

The women started strong, taking two matches from the Bison in the doubles rounds. Junior, Alexis Czapinski and sophmore, Logan Morrissey easily defeated Kim Moosbacher and Madeleine Beopple with an 8-2 win. Washburn’s No. 2 doubles team, sophmore, Jaqueline Englebrecht and freshman, Alysha Nowacki, defeated Oklahoma 8-6.

Czapinski was the only Ichabod to pull a win for the women in singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kim Moosbacher. Madison Lysaught fought a hard match and pulled her opponent into a tiebreaker during the second set. The No. 6 player, senior, Ally Burr, battled against Caroline Abbe for more than two hours before falling during a tight 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 match.

Despite the women’s rough day, Morrissey said they are making progress overall.

“I love this team. I’m excited to see what we can do, and I think we can upset some really good teams,” Morrissey said.

The men were down 1-2 after the doubles rounds with the No. 1 team senior, Blake Hunter and junior, Alejandro Valarezo taking the only win in an 8-3 match. The Ichabods turned things around in singles, beginning with sophomore, Paul Haase demolishing Daniel Aguilera 6-2, 6-1. In the No. 5 slot, sophomore, Chase Brill battled in a close first set before finishing the match 7-5, 6-1.

Freshman, Bradley Eidenmueller defended his perfect singles record for the spring season by defeating Luis Romero in a second set tiebreaker 6-2, 7-6. The Ichabod’s No. 1 spot, Valarezo, took out Oklahoma’s Kevin Andrusch in a grueling 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 match.

With the overall team score sitting at 4-4, freshman, Raul-Alin Dicu took the court and quickly defeated the No. 6 spot from Oklahoma in a 6-1, 6-4 win.

Overall the men played well, pulling together as a team to end with a 5-4 victory over the Bison.

“Every match counts,” said Valarezo. “Everyone is trying to win their spot and that’s what we all need.”

“The most exciting thing is that we actually have a pretty good team who are really talented,” Valarezo said. “It’s just about if we actually want to win, it’s got to come from us.”

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Both teams will face Ottawa University during their first home match at 4 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 16 at the Topeka Country Club.