Tigers sweep D-II Newman

Cowley College freshman Alejandro Orihuela powers a forehand Tuesday against Newman at the Louderback Family Tennis Center.

The Cowley College men’s and women’s tennis teams swept a home dual Tuesday afternoon against NCAA Division II Newman University at the Louderback Family Tennis Center.

The Cowley men defeated Newman 5-2 and the Lady Tigers won 4-3.

The Tigers won two of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches in men’s play.

“We faced a very tough team in Newman University, but our team was prepared for the challenge and we started playing really good doubles and took the point,” Cowley coach Manuel Raga said. “The players kept that same energy towards singles and we were able to get the victory.”

Raga was especially impressed with the play of freshman Hayden Brauer from Valley Center.

“Hayden has been playing solid tennis. He is an exciting and powerful player who is only getting better,” Raga said.

The Lady Tigers bounced back after losing two of three doubles matches to win four of six in singles.

“The Lady Tigers had a tough task at hand playing against Newman University, which is a Division II school who beat us last spring year 6-1,” Raga said. “However, I felt really confident with our team and knew it was going to be a really tough match for both teams. In singles the Lady Tigers came out strong to get the win. I am really proud of the girls — they fought really hard and were able to overcome adversity against a very good and deep team.” 

Freshmen Courtenay Leonard and Arianna Lumanog picked up singles wins and teamed to win at No. 3 doubles.

The Tigers are set to take part in the ITA Regionals from Friday through Sunday in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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