Story by Tyler Schuster
Although the HC men’s tennis team has had a few early season struggles, they look to bounce back. The HC men’s tennis team is currently 1-3 overall, with a victory over Augustana (Sioux Falls) and losses to McPherson College, No. 11 Bethany College and the University of Nebraska Kearney.
The Broncos will look to leadership from seniors Seton Bachle and Joe Ritzdorf, as well as former Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Tennis Player-of-the-Year McKay Inman.
Bachle has amassed a 1-3 record in singles and a 1-3 record with Inman in doubles. Ritzdorf has a 1-3 record in singles and a 3-1 record with Mark Gueswell in doubles. Inmann has a 1-3 record in singles and a 1-3 record along with Bachle in doubles.
A bright spot for the Broncos has come in the form of freshmen Gueswell and Tanner Sandvick. Gueswell has a 2-2 record in singles and a 2-2 record in doubles alongside Ritzdorf, while Sandvick has a 2-2 record in doubles, partnering with both Kolby Matheny and Isaac Mertens earlier this year.
Former player Comron Yazdgerdi, now in his sixth season as HC men’s tennis coach, has nothing but faith in his guys.
“We just come back with more experience and you can just tell going into these early matches, even when we’re playing some of the top teams in the nation, we’re not fazed,” Yazdgerdi said. “They’re going out there, busting their butt and moving forward in the process, whether they win or lose. I ask for those guys to continually get better. I want them, match in and match out, to get better in order to prepare for the GPAC Conference Tournament.”
The Broncos look ahead to matches against Lawrence University and Grinnell College on Saturday, March 8, in Grinnell, Iowa, and a match against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday, March 9, in Omaha, Neb.
The Broncos’ next home contest is on March 11 against No. 11 Bethel College once more. After that match, the Broncos will go on the road in Denver and Colorado Springs, as well as travel to Phoenix for three days to compete against four different teams.