By Randy Bruce
April 4, 2014
SE Men’s Tennis set for GAC matchups vs. OBU, HU
Southeastern men’s tennis will set out to make waves in the Great American Conference standings this weekend when it squares off against a pair of nationally-ranked opponents as it faces No. 40 Ouachita Baptist at 1 p.m. on April 4 in Arkadelphia, Ark., before heading to Searcy, Ark., to face No. 50 Harding at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Savage Storm enter the contest at 8-5 overall on the year, with Friday’s matchup against OBU being the first conference match of the season.
SE enters the weekend ranked eighth in the ITA’s Central Region rankings, while The Tigers are third and the Bisons are in a three-way tie for fourth.
SE is paced in doubles by its number two duo of Alberto Blesa and Tiago Ferreira who have turned in a 6-3 mark in doubles play, including tight losses to ranked opponents.
Ferreira has often carried his doubles momentum into singles play, posting an 8-3 record including wins over players ranked in their divisions.
Petar Popovic has turned in a 5-2 record in singles play to help pace the Storm, turning in wins at the number three and five positions.
OBU comes into the matchup with a 4-5 record on the season, but have lost three of their last four, all to teams ranked in the top-30 in the ITA rankings.
Harding enters the weekend with a 5-5 mark overall, but those five losses have come in their last six matches, including three straight coming into the weekend.
SE Women’s tennis jumps back into GAC play at HU
Southeastern women’s tennis will aim to make a move into second in the Great American Conference standings when it faces Harding at 1 p.m. Saturday in Searcy, Ark.
The Savage Storm enters the matchup with a 6-9 record overall, but is 2-1 in league play with wins over Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist, and the team’s lone loss coming to GAC leading Arkansas Tech.
Elba Haugen and Conchi Assiego have led the team in singles play on the year.
Haugen has put together a 6-6 record on the season, playing at the number four and five positions.
Assiego is 4-5 on the season in singles play, with all her matches at the number three position.
SE’s number one duo of Ilga Racika-Racko and Brittany Tobin have posted a 2-5 record in the spring facing number ones.
The Bisons come into the weekend with a 10-5 record overall and a 2-0 record in GAC play with conference wins over Southern Nazarene and HSU.
HU is currently on a four-match winning streak and will face league-leading ATU on April 4 before facing the Storm.