KANSAS CITY, MO. — The NAIA Men's Central Tennis Rankings were announced this week and Bethany College landed two singles players and one doubles team among the region's best.
The prestigious rankings include all NAIA schools from the states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Iowa, and rank the Top 20 singles players and Top 10 doubles teams. This first edition of the rankings is based on player's results from this fall and some of last spring, as well.
Bethany sophomore Teodor Antelj is ranked No. 10 in singles. He had a tremendous fall campaign going 6-1, capped off by a run to the quarterfinals of the Central/Southwest Fall ITA Regionals. Joining Antelj on the prestigious list is teammate junior, Edward Sengai. The junior, from Zimbabwe, comes in ranked at No. 20 in singles. Sengai had a great fall campaign going 5-2, including knocking off the No. 8 seed on his way to the round of 16 at the Central/Southwest Fall ITA Regionals.
The accolades did not stop with singles, the duo also found themselves ranked No. 10 in doubles. The two finished the fall season with a 4-1 record as a team and made it all the way to the quarterfinals Central/Southwest Fall ITA Regionals.
"I am very proud of Teodor and Edward, the hard work they put in this fall definitely paid off," new Bethany coach Logan Palenske said. "These two showed that they can not only compete with, but beat some of the best players in the country. The key for these two in the spring (the main season) will be their ability to compete and play at this elite level, match in and match out. If they can do this, not only will they have a season to remember, so will our team."