LONGVIEW, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's tennis team saw its season come to a close with a 5-3 loss to Concordia in the American Southwest Conference Tournament in Longview on Friday.
The Cowboys started off well in doubles with Alex Hunt and Nathaniel Schoendorf won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles and Griffin Weinkam and Holt Fields won 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. Josh Lopez and Chris Beavers dropped a tough 9-8 match at No. 3 doubles.
Concordia came out strong in singles and won at No. 1, 2 and 3 in straight sets to take a 4-2 lead. Holt Fields won at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-4 to make the match 4-3.
The No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches both went to a first-set tiebreaker. Evan Pena beat Josh Lopez at No. 5 and Keenan Nash won at No. 6. Pena finished off the match with a 6-4 win at No. 5 singles. Nash was tied at one set each at No. 6 when the match was completed.
The Cowboys conclude the year with a record of 9-9. Concordia improved to 14-2 and the Tornados will play for the ASC Championship on Saturday.
It was the final match for the three Cowboy seniors – Hunt, Weinkam and Nash.
Concordia 5, Hardin-Simmons 3
1. Joshua Bode (CTX) def. Alex Hunt (HSU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Hoanh Le (CTX) def. Nathaniel Schoendorf (HSU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Esteban Arredondo (CTX) def. Griffin Weinkam (HSU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Holt Fields (HSU) def. Adam Compton (CTX) 6-4, 6-4
5. Evan Pena Jr. (CTX) def. Joshua Lopez (HSU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
6. Jorge Garcia (CTX) vs. Keenan Nash (HSU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,5)
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