The Hastings College women's tennis team has seen its fair share of tough competition. But as the season has progressed, first-year head coach Roger Sunderman said his team has been improving.
On Friday, the Broncos took on Northwestern in its first home conference dual of the season. HC fell to the Red Raiders 8-1 to drop to 2-12 on the season and 0-2 in the GPAC. Sunderman saw some good things from his team, but consistently executing has been a problem for the Broncos.
"It's been that way the whole season. We compete, we win some points, and then we have a mental breakdown and we don't finish it, and that costs us some matches," Sunderman said. "We're an awfully young team. I think we're learning as we go, learning how to win those points and how to set up a point.
"Northwestern was supposed to be one of the top teams in our conference, one of them, and I thought we competed very well with them. We got beat 8-1, but every point they had to work for."
The Hastings College men's team fell to Emporia State 6-3 on Friday.
McKay Inman (No. 1) and Seton Bachle (No. 2) were the only singles players to win their matches. Inman defeated Emporia State's Diego Prudencio 0-6, 6-4 (11-9), while Bachle won 6-2, 6-0 against Jonathan Burton. No. 3 doubles partners Kolby Matheny and Tanner Sandvick recorded the only other win for the Broncos, beating Payton Hays and Collin Conner 9-7.