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Men's tennis takes the lead in conference, Lady Tigers beat Morningside

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Arcane Boles warms up for a match against Hastings College. 

As of April 13, the men’s tennis team beat Hastings College 6-3, putting the Tigers in first place in the GPAC standings. This was the first time Doane has beaten Hastings in the regular season in 28 years.

Doane’s last match will be against Midland University on April 22. If Doane win’s this match they will secure the GPAC conference championship for the first time since 1990.

Women’s and men’s tennis secured a victory in a conference match against the Morningside Mustangs on Saturday.

The men dominated, ending with a final score of 8-1, continuing their undefeated conference season. According to doaneathletics.com, the Tigers were now tied for first place with Hastings College, both having an overall conference record of 4-0.

“This was a good preparation match for us before we play Hastings,” said senior Arcane Boles. “We’ve played teams that are lower ranked in the conference, so it’ll be nice to play against one of the better schools in our conference.”

Boles won his singles match 6-3, 6-3.

Boles said that he went into the match less confident than prior matches but that once he got settled in he felt like he did what he needed to do to come out the victor.

The women improved their record to 2-3 after a 5-4 win over the Mustangs, placing them in fifth place in the conference rankings.

“The team is very close and we all support each other,” said sophomore Makayla Rice. “I’m excited to see how we compete.”

Rice said that the teams top priority has been to play their hardest in every match they come across. She added that the team is closer than it has been in previous years, and that the team has improved overall in sport mentally and skillfully.

“We can’t control the outcome, just how we play,” said Rice.

A follow-up story covering the Hastings match will be available on Doaneline.com.