Mon, Sep. 17, 2012
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Bethany's women's and men's tennis teams hosted the Swede Fall Invitational on Sept. 14 to 15. On Friday, the women played in Lindsborg at Smoky Valley High School and Bethany College. The men played in Salina at Central High School, Jerry Ivey Park, Oakdale Park and Sunset Park. On Saturday all teams competed in Salina.
The men's team finished the invitational with a very solid overall record of 21 wins and five losses in singles in the top five flights of play, winning three out of the five singles flights to lead their own tournament in victories.
Alex Sandri led the Swedes going 8-0 on the weekend winning the third singles flight and the second doubles flight with partner James Bragg. Sandri defeated Washburn University, Johnson County Community College, McPherson College and Morningside College in singles action. Will Wiseman and Toni Canals won the four and five flights respectively, with Wiseman defeating a former Kansas high school state runner up in his flight final, in front of a raucous crowd at Oakdale Park Saturday afternoon.
The Swedes finished the doubles with a tournament best 10-3 record overall in the top two flights, led by the victory of Bragg and Sandri. The doubles team defeated Johnson County Community College, Emporia State University and Newman College on their way to victory.
The women's team got wins from the doubles team of Monica Champman and Kara Agamaite over Barton County Community College, and in singles Amelia Fabrizius defeated Fort Hays State University and Washburn University in singles to pace the team.
Anna King and Layne Gilliland won the consolation draw of the no. 3 doubles flight in their first college action.
The Bethany Swedes Tennis team and Coach Bateman would like to thank Smoky Valley High School and Coach John Bellah, Salina Central and coach Mike Goll, the City of Salina Parks and Recreation, Salina Chamber of Commerce, LaRue Coffee and Little Caesars Pizza for their continued support of the Bethany Invitational Tournament.