Washburn tennis wipes out McPherson and Tabor

Kendra Wicks

Washburn’s tennis teams shook their competition this past weekend without losing a match. The men took down McPherson College and the women defeated Tabor College with 9-0 scores. 

Sophomores Chase Brill and Paul Haase didn’t let McPherson’s No. 2 doubles team put them down as they crushed them 8-0. Freshmen Raul-Alin Dicu and Bradley Eidenmueller won the No. 3 spot with an 8-1 score. Senior, Blake Hunter and junior, Alejandro Valarezo took down the Bulldogs’ No. 1 doubles team 8-2. 

The Ichabods went on to score wins in all their singles matches in straight sets. Hunter and Dicu both defeated their Bulldog opponents with 6-2, 6-1 scores. Brill played a tight first set before coming back and destroying the second for a 6-4, 6-1 win in the No. 5 spot. Haase upset McPherson’s Hector Carrillo in a 6-2, 6-4 match. 

The Ichabods played an impressive match against the Bulldogs. 

“I think we managed it really well,” Haase said. “We had more energy than last week in doubles and we’re getting better.” 

Haase said that the men’s team has been performing well this season. 

“So far, we’re strong, especially after the Oklahoma match,” Haase said. “We had a tough start against Drury and then we kind of came back against Oklahoma and had a close win.” 

The lady Ichabods easily brought down Tabor College on Saturday, Feb. 24. Junior, Alexis Czapinski and sophomore, Logan Morrissey went 8-3 against the Blue Jays’ No. 1 doubles team. Sophomore, Jaqueline Engelbrecht and freshman, Alysha Nowacki also went 8-3 in the No. 2 slot. Junior, Ally Burr and sophomore, MaKenna Gonzales ended with an 8-1 score over Tabor. 

Sophomore, Madison Lysaught and Gonzales didn’t let their opponents get ahead edgewise during the singles rounds as they each won 6-0, 6-0. Morrissey defeated Lindsay Stroud in the No. 2 singles slot 6-1, 6-0. Czapinski was the only Ichabod to play a close singles match, falling 6-1, 3-6 before coming back with a smashing tiebreaker win 10-1. 

The lady Ichabods now sit with a 3-2 overall record. 

We think we’ll be a really strong doubles team and hopefully that momentum will carry over into singles.” 

Both teams have a positive outlook as they progress through the season. 

“We have nothing to lose,” Burr said. “We’re just going out there and showing everyone what we’ve got.” 

Both teams will face the Newman University Jets in Wichita, Kansas, at noon on Saturday, March 3.