Northwest tennis men’s tennis has seen a handful of positives over the past few weeks.
The Bearcats competed in the Midwestern State Invitational Sept. 14. Seven days later, they traveled north to Des Moines for the Drake Invitational.
Northwest put on a show against stiff competition on the Drake University campus.
Northwest tallied wins from all seven singles competitors, including seniors Rahul Manoah and Pedro Pontes, junior Bjorn Kurtze, sophomores Franco Olivia and Agustin Velasco, and Calloud. Neither Olivia or Velasco suffered a loss on the day, winning all three singles matches, along with a doubles victory partnered with each other.
Northwest graduate assistant Romain Boissinot said it was the best team performance he has seen all season.
“It was a great performance overall, everyone played well,” Boissinot said. “It was the best the team has played so far.”
With many of the matches coming against Division I opponents, the wins compiled by the Bearcats made it even sweeter.
“All players won at least one match in the main draw, which was great, knowing we were mainly playing Division I schools, so it was the best competition we could possibly get,” Boissinot said. “I am looking forward to the ITA regional championships this upcoming weekend.”
The Bearcats did not fare as well in doubles competition, only picking up the win from Velasco and Olivia, while dropping the rest of their matches.
Both men and women traveled south for the Midwestern State Invitational, where the tournament was highlighted by big wins from sophomore Irene Recuenco and freshman Fabian Calloud. Recuenco defeated Greta Lazzarotto of Midwestern State (6-2, 6-0).
Lazzarotto plays the No. 1 singles spot for MSU, as well as being a returning All-American. Coach Mark Rosewell was pleased with the way Recuenco played against a high caliber opponent.
“She (Recuenco) had a great win down at Midwestern,” Rosewell said. “We were real happy about that.”
Calloud also had a strong outing in his first collegiate competition, as he defeated the No. 1 for Southwest Baptist, Raul Caballero (1-6, 6-3, 10-6) before moving on to the second round where he defeated returning ITA champion Alejandro Valarezo Plaza of Washburn (3-6, 6-3, 10-6).
Northwest will now look to build off of the strong performances from the last two tournaments as they focus on the final event of the fall season.
They will travel to Oklahoma to compete in the ITA Regional Championships hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma Sept 28-30.
Manoah made it to the fourth round of last year’s ITA Championship, and will look to make it even further this year.
Tania Teruel and Recuenco each won a pair of matches in the women’s singles draw.