LCSC men defeat OBU 6-3; women fall 5-4
SHAWNEE, Okla. – Winning five of the six singles matches, the Lewis-Clark State College men’s tennis team picked up an important victory by defeating Oklahoma Baptist 6-3 on Thursday, but the Warrior women lost a tough one 5-4 in battles of NAIA Top 25-ranked teams.
The Warrior men, ranked No. 21 in the NAIA, used strong play from the Nos. 2-6 singles players to win five matches and defeat No. 18-ranked Oklahoma Baptist. The win is key because LCSC needs to be ranked in the NAIA’s final Top 25 in order to earn a berth to nationals. The win should put LCSC ahead of Oklahoma Baptist.
Benjamin Robert was the only Warrior to pick up two victories in the match. He won a three-set singles match over Bruno Scacalossi 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, and then combined with Ivan Krijanto for an 8-6 win in doubles play.
The Warrior women split their three singles matches and then fell in two of the three doubles matches to OBU. Like the men, the Warrior women need to be ranked to qualify for nationals. LCSC entered the match ranked No. 16, while OBU is ranked No. 13.
Megan Smedley and Barbara Sneckner both picked up three-set victories in singles play for LCSC. Smedley won her first set, then dropped the second, and took the third 6-2. Sneckner rolled to a 6-2 win in the first set, but los 6-7 in the second set. She was able to outlast her opponent for a 10-8 win in the third set.
The women’s team will be back in action on Friday against No. 15 Southern Nazarene. Both the men and women then take on Oklahoma Christian on Saturday to complete the regular season. The Oklahoma Christian men are ranked No. 7, while the women are ranked No. 8.
LCSC 6, OKLAHOMA BAPTIST 3
Singles – Marko Stanic, OBU, def. Ivan Krijanto, 6-0, 6-1; Zhia Hwa Chong, LC, def. Sergei Babic, 6-1, 6-3; Benjamin Robert, LC, def. Bruno Scacalossi, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; Oliver Sindayigaya, LC, def. Scott Milner, 6-2, 6-3; Cesar Uauy, LC, def. Gustavo Schaefer, 6-4, 6-4; Victor Garcia Barcina, LC, def. Michael Canavan, 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles – Robert-Krijanto, LC, def.Scacalossi-Schaefer, 8-6; Babic-Stanic, OBU, def. Uauy-Barcina, 8-5; Milner-Canavan, OBU, def. Tyler Oram-Sindayigaya, 8-5.
OKLAHOMA BAPTIST 5, LCSC 4
Singles – Paola Costa, OBU, def. Katharina Marsela, 6-4, 6-2; Lil Fereirra, OBU, def. Dorothy Chong, 6-2, 6-0; Camber Robinett, OBU, def. Ciara Schultz, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5; Megan Smedley, LC, def. Mariana Ross, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Elaine Lee, LC, def. Katie Halbesleben, 6-1, 6-0; Barbara Sneckner, LC, def. Diana Burns, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8.
Doubles – Costa-Fereirra, OBU, def. Chong-Marsela, 8-0; Schultz-Samantha Teigen, LC, def. Robinett-Rosa, 8-6; Halbesleben-Burns, OBU, def. Smedley-Chelsea Gay, 8-5.