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Men's tennis upended by Lancaster Bible in NEAC opener 8-1

Men's tennis upended by Lancaster Bible in NEAC opener 8-1

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's tennis team suffered at 8-1 loss to Lancaster Bible College in its North Eastern Athletic Conference opener on a windy Wednesday afternoon on the Gladish Tennis Courts.

The Lions' No. 1 doubles team of Amit Padmanabhan and Drew Heller earned Bryn Athyn's lone point of the match with a hard-fought 9-7 triumph over Luke Newberry and Derice Butler.

Vojtech Luza and Nikita Smirnov nearly picked up a second doubles point as they went the distance against Evan Holbrook and Ming Bowser at No. 2 doubles, but the Chargers' tandem took the 9-7 win.

Heller and Bowser went to a tiebreak in No. 2 singles as Heller claimed a tight opening set 7-6 (7-5) and Bowser came back to win the second set 6-2. In the tiebreak, Bowser outlasted Heller 10-7.

Bryn Athyn returns to action with a non-conference match at Gwynedd Mercy University on Thursday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.


1. Luke Newberry (LBC) def. Amit Padmanabhan (BAC) 8-2
2. Ming Bowser (LBC) def. Drew Heller (BAC) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Evan Holbrook (LBC) def. Vojtech Luza (BAC) 8-3
4. Derice Butler (LBC) def. Nikita Smirnov (BAC) 8-2
5. Keven Vallette (LBC) def. Zach Brock (BAC) 6-2, 6-3
6. James Hutchinson (LBC) def. Jacob Elder (BAC) 6-4, 6-2

1. Padmanabhan/Heller (BAC) def. Newberry/Butler (LBC) 9-7
2. Holbrook/Bowser (LBC) def. Luza/Smirnov (BAC) 9-7
3. Vallette/Kyle Heck (LBC) def. Brock/Elder 8-1

Bryn Athyn: 2-2, 0-1 NEAC
Lancaster Bible: 1-4, 1-0 NEAC