April 14, 2012
Northwest wins suspended top 30 battle
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The No. 26 Northwest Missouri State men’s tennis team captured a pivotal MIAA win in a battle of top 30 foes late Saturday night as the Bearcats knocked off No. 28 Southwest Baptist 5-1.
The Bearcats improved to 15-4 on the season as the match originally scheduled to be played in Bolivar was forced north to St. Joseph due to thunderstorms that passed through southwest Missouri. SBU, who sits one spot behind No. 6 Northwest in the South Central Region rankings at No. 7, fell to 11-6 on the season.
Needing a win to stay ahead of their purple rivals, Northwest also moved to 2-0 in league play handing SBU its first loss in conference play.
Tough doubles play opened with Northwest taking an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles with Mario Jakovljevic and Jose Ortega.
Senior Calvin Patterson returned to the court for Northwest after being shelved for the past few weeks due to injury. Patterson and Luis Altimires combined to take a dominating 8-1 win at the No. 3 position moving their season doubles record to 11-2.
SBU rebounded to take No. 2 doubles 8-4, but it would be all green and white from there.
Rafael Bugiga picked up a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles followed by Altimires and Jason Harris winning at No. 5 and No. 6 singles in convincing fashion. Altimires swept past Tyler Welch 6-0, 6-0 as Harris claimed a 6-4, 6-0 win to seal the Northwest win.
Northwest continues MIAA action on Saturday as they travel to Emporia State for a 1 p.m. match with the Hornets. Women’s action was suspended due to rain that entered the St. Joseph area late Friday night. A continuation of play for the women has not been set at this time
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