Tennis Opens Fall at Wal-Mart Invitational

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Dallas Baptist opened their fall tennis season this past week as six players on the men’s team and seven players on the women’s team competed at the Wal-Mart Invitational in Abilene, TX.  Over 40 matches were completed throughout the two day event and multiple victories were brought back to Dallas on both sides of the draw.   On the men’s side, senior Phillip Allen posted decisive wins over opponents from New Mexico Military Institute and McMurry University.  He partnered with Freshman Anthony Burch and, together, the team won three out of their four matches in their first tournament as a doubles tandem.  Sophomore Nathan Wilson and Freshman Austin Serrett picked up a win together as a doubles pair and Junior Ramses Rios and Freshman Nathan Gruetzmacher also came out with a win in the doubles draw.

On the ladies side, Leah Smith won the consolation of her draw by picking up two singles wins.  She partnered with Freshman Lindsay Wilkerson and they also brought home two doubles victories.  Junior Leah Rutt and FreshmanAmanda Richter also defeated two doubles teams and played together nicely as a first time pair. Both of the girls picked up a singles win as well.  Natalie Gennissen and Katie Daugherty had doubles wins over Heartland Conference opponents McMurry and UTPB.

“This was the first time I had seen all 13 of our players compete,” said first-year Head Coach Sarah Gray.  “I am pleased we were able to play so many matches over the weekend and every player gained valuable experience. Along with our Graduate Assistants Kent and Hannah, I look forward to working with each player over the course of this year. The sportsmanship, court demeanor and high energy levels of both teams were first class and they exemplified the high standard that is set for this program. “

Both teams will return to Abilene on September 27 to compete in the ITA Regionals. Match times are yet to be determined.