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Men's tennis advance to conference tournament as No.1 seed

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Senior Alejandro Benitez returning a hit during a match at Doane.

Doane men’s tennis lost to Midland to end the regular season but will still be the overall number one seed going into the conference tournament.

Doane lost against Midland on April 22. The Tigers still won first place in the regular season for the GPAC for the first time since 1980. If the Tigers win the GPAC tournament they will be in the national NAIA tournament, a feat they have not accomplished since 2013.

Junior Elliott Abromeit said he believed the team still had not recovered from the emotional win against Hastings College.

“I think we were still riding the high from our victory against Hastings and didn't come out as hungry as Midland did,” Abromeit said. “They played with much more vigor than we did, and I think some of us weren't feeling great.”

Abromeit said that having the number one seed was very important.

“It's super important that we're the one seed, it guarantees an easier match during the semifinal, so we can hopefully be fresh against either Hastings or Midland in the final,” Abromeit said.

Freshman Jorge Chevez said the team is proud of the work they have done so far.

“We are happy, excited and proud for what we have done this season and we are not finished yet,” Chevez said.

Chevez has said he has learned a lot about his personal composure when in matches this season.

“I learned that despite your odds you have to fight until the end if you really want to get what you want,” Chevez said. “Every match is different and you have to find the way to get the result. This sport is 70 percent mental. If you keep calm you will find a way to get it.”

Abromeit said that they are preparing hard for the conference tournament, a tournament that he said is going to be very big.

“We're just practicing hard, staying healthy and mentally preparing for the biggest match of our college careers,” Abromeit said.

The Tigers will get a first-round bye in the tournament and face the winner of Morningside and Concordia in the GPAC Semi-Final on Friday. If they win, they will play the winner of the opposite side of the bracket. Conference standings and schedule are available on the GPAC website.