PUEBLO, Colo. – The third-ranked Seward County Community College men's tennis team rallied to beat Division II Colorado State-Pueblo, 6-1, on Friday. The Saints, who improved to 9-4, have won six in a row and eight of their last nine contests.
The Saints got off to a slow start by losing the doubles point, falling in two of the three matches. No. 1 Gabe Nery and Sander Jans were beaten by Ogulcan Deniz and Daniel Garcia, 3-6 and Carlo Izurieta and Francisco Vargas lost to Dante Alcala and Richard Garcia, 4-6. The lone victory came at No. 3 when Nic Rousset and Nyathi Motlojoa beat James Ryan and Rafael Abreu, 6-4.
Seward cranked it up on the singles side and swept Colorado State-Pueblo to win the next six points. No. 1 Rousset beat Daniel Garcia, 6-2, 6, 3 to get the Saints rolling. No. 4 Vargas defeated Richard Garcia, 6-1, 6-2, No. 5 Izurieta downed Alcala, 6-3, 6-2, No. 3 Nery knocked off Ryan, 6-4, 6-2 and No. 2 Jans battled past Deniz, 6-4, 7-5. In the final match, Franck Soulerot won a hard fought match over Abreu, 7-5 7-6.
The Saints continue their weekend trip in Colorado with a match against Division I Northern Colorado on Saturday.