The men’s tennis team looks to defend their conference championship from last year while the women look to make the conference tournament this year.
Last year, the men’s team earned the number one seed in the conference tournament after sharing the regular-season Great Plains Athletic Conference champions honor in a three-way tie with Hastings and Midland according to the GPAC website.
The Tigers missed out on a ticket to the national tournament after losing the conference tournament in the championship match to Midland.
Last weekend, the Tigers opened up their 2020 spring season with a trip to Iowa to play two National College Association of Athletics Division III opponents.
The trip resulted in a 1-1 split for the team, according to Doane Athletics.
They opened the trip with a loss to Coe College 2-7.
Sophomore Jorge Chevez led the Tigers, playing in the top position and defeated his opponent in straight sets.
Sophomore Sam Coy added the team’s only other point with his tie-breaking win in the number four spot.
In the second match, Doane swept the University of Dubuque 9-0 for the win.
Senior Elliott Abromeit, Chevez and Coy won in straight sets at the number one, two and four positions.
Sophomore Henrique Sakoda and freshman Milo Ciotti both won in straight sets without giving up a match to either opponent at the number three and five positions.
In the team’s double play, Chevez and Sakoda won at the number one doubles, while Abromeit teamed with junior Shingirayi Kamucheka for the number two doubles.
The men now find themselves at 2-1 this year, including their fall dual against Bethel College last September.
The women’s team has yet to play this spring, but are 2-0 on the season with their two dual wins from September.
Last year, the team went 3-12 overall with a 2-5 GPAC record before missing out on the conference tournament.
In a previous interview with the Doane Owl, Coach Ignacio Morell said the team is very capable of giving a lot of surprises this year.
Last year the team consisted of all freshman and one sophomore.
“Now I think they’ve been here and seen enough of what this program is capable of,” Morell said. “I think there’s a really big step from freshman to sophomore year. Sometimes freshmen are scared of competing. Now they have competed enough to where they can give us a lot of surprises this year.”
With six returners as opposed to just one last year, the team will look to move up in the standings this year in GPAC.
Both teams will return to action this weekend when they travel to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday in Lincoln.