M Tennis http://www.bakeru.edu Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:38:20 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Spartak Rahachou Takes 5th Place at USTA/ITA Nationals http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11539-spartak-rahachou-takes-5th-place-at-usta-ita-nationals http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11539-spartak-rahachou-takes-5th-place-at-usta-ita-nationals Spartak Rahachou Takes 5th Place at USTA/ITA Nationals

SUMTER, S.C. – Baker University senior men’s tennis player Spartak Rahachou competed in the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships over the weekend in Sumter, South Carolina and took 5th place among the NAIA’s best men’s tennis players.

Rahachou took on No. 1 rated Kevin Konfederak of Georgia Gwinnett in the Round of Eight players and fell 6-0, 6-2.

He then faced Alessandro Moriano of San Diego Christian and came out victorious, 6-2, 7-6.

That victory placed him in the fifth-place match to face Vladyslav Ladygin of Campbellsville and won, 6-0, 7-6, capturing fifth-place

This marked the first time in Baker tennis program history and Wildcat has advanced to the National Championship level of the USTA/ITA circuit.



no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:54:51 -0500
Spartak Rahacou wins Regional, Advances to NAIA Nationals http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11452-spartak-rahacou-wins-regional-advances-to-naia-nationals http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11452-spartak-rahacou-wins-regional-advances-to-naia-nationals Spartak Rahachou (right) with head coach Joe Ahmadian over the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. – Baker University’s senior men’s tennis player Spartak Rahachou captured first place in the 2015 NAIA Central-South/Southwest Regional Championships at Koch Tennis Center in Omaha, Nebraska and will now compete in the NAIA National Championships in Sumter, South Carolina Oct. 15-19.

"Despite only playing in three NAIA matches before last weekend, Spartak handled himself beautifully,” said Baker University tennis head coach Joe Ahmadian. ”Spartak's
most challenging match was in the semi-final round when he found himself down a set and a break. Spartak is obviously talented and naturally gifted as an athlete but his mindset and resolve is what makes him an elite player in college tennis across all divisions.

“Spartak had a myriad of options two years ago when he chose to come to Baker. It does not escape me how fortunate we are to have a player of his caliber representing Baker Tennis."

For a full look of Rahachou’s results, please see below.

First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Grayson McCartney (Doane University) 6-0 6-1
Round of 16: def. Gino Raneri (TX A&M Texarkana) 6-3 6-2
Quarterfinals: def. # 9 seeded Stefano Benedetti (Missouri Valley
College) 6-2 6-2
Semi-Finals: def. #3 seed and #20 nationally ranked Joan Marc Fajula
Rodriguez (Mcpherson College) 2-6 7-5 6-2
Finals: def. #1 seed and #10 nationally ranked Rafael Bulnes (McPherson
College) 6-1 6-4


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:04:54 -0500
Aaron Greenbaum Earns NAIA Scholar-Athlete Honor http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11239-aaron-greenbaum-earns-naia-scholar-athlete-honor http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11239-aaron-greenbaum-earns-naia-scholar-athlete-honor Aaron Greenbaum became the only member of the Baker men's or women's tennis team to be awarded the NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor

MOBILE, Ala. – Baker University men’s tennis player Aaron Greenbaum was named to the 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete list announced at the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship in Mobile, Ala.

The Prairie Village, Kan., native was one of 110 men’s tennis student-athletes from across the NAIA to earn the award.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

For a full list of the NAIA Scholar-Athletes, please click here.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Tue, 26 May 2015 13:49:10 -0500
Nationally Ranked Graceland Sweeps Baker Tennis http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11110-nationally-ranked-graceland-sweeps-baker-tennis http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11110-nationally-ranked-graceland-sweeps-baker-tennis Micheal Draper and the Wildcats return home to face Missouri Valley on Sunday, Apr. 19

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University tennis team traveled to Lamoni, Iowa on Saturday to face nationally ranked Graceland on the men’s and women’s side and the Yellowjackets prevailed in each match, as the No. 13 ranked women’s team defeated Baker, 7-2, while the No. 14 ranked men’s team beat the Wildcats, 8-1.

Baker Women’s Tennis @ #13 Graceland – 4-11-15 – GU Wins, 7-2

1. Jessica Worring/Katherine Rodriguez (GU) def. Megan Henry/Brooke Barnard (BU) 8-1
2. Holly Chestnut/Nathalia Barr (BU) def. Fatima El Otmany/Melynda Simmons (GU) 9-8(8-6)
3. Amy Harberthier/Karina Cardiel (GU) def. Jaimie Myers/Taylor Swartzendruber (BU) 8-3

1. Jessica Worring (GU) def. Megan Henry (BU) 6-0 6-0
2. Fatima El Otmany (GU) def. Brooke Barnard (BU) 4-6 6-3 10-4
3. Katherine Rodriguez (GU) def. Holly Chestnut (BU) 6-0 6-2
4. Melynda Simmons (GU) def. Nathalia Barr (BU) 6-2 6-0
5. Jaimie Myers (BU) def. Amy Harberthier (GU) 6-2 6-1
6. Karina Cardiel (GU) def. Caroline Lockwood (BU) 6-4 6-3

Baker Men’s Tennis @ #14 Graceland – 4-11-15 – GU wins, 8-1

1. Jose Daniele Razo Torres/Felipe Suarez Parra (GU) def. Michael Draper/Blake Barnard (BU) 8-2
2. Brezile Hamilton/David James Parker (GU) def. Aaron Greenbaum/Thomas Irick (BU) 8-0
3. Danile Tarantinov/Lorenzo Panaviti (GU) def. Gavin Webster/Dylan Geick (BU) 8-1

1. Jose Daniele Razo Torres (GU) def. Michael Draper (BU) 6-0 6-1
2. Blake Barnard (BU) def. Brezile Hamilton (GU) 3-6 7-5 10-6
3. Danile Tarantinov (GU) def. Thomas Irick (BU) 7-6(4) 6-0
4. Felipe Suarez Parra (GU) def. Gavin Webster (BU) 7-5 6-2
5. David James Parker (GU) def. Aaron Greenbaum (BU) 6-4 6-2
6. Lorenzo Panaviti (GU) def. Dylan Geick (BU) 6-2 6-3

"Both teams competed very well against some highly ranked teams on Saturday,” said head coach Joe Ahmadian. “Our Freshmen are continuing to develop as the season progresses. Holly Chestnut and Nathalia Barr had a great win at No. 2 doubles, while Blake Barnard continues to surprise our conference opponents with another great win at No. 2 singles.”


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:36:46 -0500
Baker Tennis Sweeps Southwestern College http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11053-baker-tennis-sweeps-southwestern-college http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/11053-baker-tennis-sweeps-southwestern-college Blake Barnard went 2-0 against Southwestern this weekend

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The Baker University men’s and women’s tennis teams took on Southwestern College on Saturday in Grain Valley, Mo., and the Wildcats came home with the sweep, as the men’s team won, 8-1, while the women’s squad won, 5-4.

For a full list of results, please see below.

Baker Men’s Tennis vs. Southwestern College
Baker 8, Southwestern 1

1. Michael Draper (BU) def. Jonahs Joudrey (SC), 6-1, 7-6 (1)
2. Blake Barnard (BU) def. Michael Bond (SC), 6-3, 6-0
3. Gavin Webster (BU) def. Logan Bevis (SC), 6-4, 7-5
4. Chris Lane (SC) def. Thomas Irick (BU), 2-6, 6-3, 10-5
5. Aaron Greenbraum (BU) def. Braden Baker (SC), 6-1, 6-3
6. Dylan Geick (BU) def. Hollace Dillon (SC), 6-1, 7-5

Doubles Competition
1. Draper/Barnard (BU) def. Bevis/Joudrey (SC), 8-4
2. Irick/Greenbraum (BU) def. Lane/Baker (SC), 8-6
3. Webster/Geick (BU) def. Bond/Dillon (SC), 8-4

Baker Women’s Tennis vs. Southwestern College
Baker 5, Southwestern 4

1. Megan Henry (BU) def. Morgan Hughes (SC), 6-4, 6-0
2. Brooke Barnard (BU) def. Sydney Shields (SC), 6-1, 6-0
3. Nya Cheatham (SC) def. Nathalea Barr (BU), 7-5, 6-3
4. Jamie Myers (BU) def. Anna Mankoski (SC), 1-6, 6-3, 14-16
5. Savannah Pfau (SC) def. Caroline Lockwood (BU), 7-5, 6-4
6. Haley Porter (SC) def. Taylor Swartzendruber (BU), 6-3, 3-6, 10-7

Doubles Competition
1. Henry/Barnard (BU) def. Shields/Cheatham (SC), 8-2
2. Myers/Swartzendruber (BU) def. Hughes/Sara Peck (SC), 8-5
3. Pfau/Sadie Pfau (SC) def. Barr/Abby Kaff (BU), 8-4


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:09:02 -0500
Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Concordia (Neb.) http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10983-men-s-tennis-rolls-past-concordia-neb http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10983-men-s-tennis-rolls-past-concordia-neb Dylan Geick picked up singles wins against Washburn and Concordia last week

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men’s tennis team competed in two matches last week, as they took on NCAA Division II Washburn University on Friday, Mar. 6 and then faced Concordia (Neb.) on Saturday, Mar. 7 in Seward, Neb.

Against Washburn, the Wildcats lost, 8-1, but then rebounded with an 8-1 win at Concordia.

Baker Men’s Tennis @ Washburn University, Ichabods win, 8-1

1. Blake Hunter/Matthew Barlow(WU) def. Michael Draper/Blake Barnard (BU) 8-4
2. Trey Horton/Martin Wieand (WU) def. Gavin Webster/Austin Keberlein (BU) 8-4
3. Dario Munoz-Poletti/Todd Rilinger (WU) def. Aaron Grenbaum/Dylan Geick (BU) 8-3

1. Martin Wieand (WU) def. Michael Draper (BU) 6-1 6-0
2. Blake Hunter (WU) def. Blake Barnard (BU) 6-4 7-6(9-7)
3. Matthew Barlow (WU) def. Gavin Webster (BU) 6-1 6-0
4. Trey Horton (WU) def. Aaron Greenbaum (BU) 6-2 6-1
5. Dario Munoz-Poletti (WU) def. Austin Keberlein (BU) 6-1 7-6(7-5)
6. Dylan Geick (BU) def. Todd Rilinger (WU) 3-6 6-4 10-4

Baker Men’s Tennis @ Concordia-Nebraska, Baker wins 8-1

1. Mike Draper/Blake Barnard (BU) def. Javier Moreno/Brenden Buchanon (CU) 9-8(7-5)
2. Daniel Apicible/Jonathan Douglas (CU) def. Gavin Webster/Austin Keberlein (BU) 8-5
3. Aaron Greenbaum/Dylan Geick (BU) def. Phil Yox/Preston Rupple (NWU) 8-3

1. Michael Draper (BU) def. Javier Moreno (CUNE) 7-6(7-3) 6-4
2. Blake Barnard (BU) def. Daniel Apacible (CUNE) 6-1 6-2
3. Gavin Webster (BU) def. Jonathan Douglas (CUNE) 6-3 6-1
4. Aaron Greenbaum (BU) def. Jonathan Heckman (CUNE) 6-2 6-3
5. Austin Keberlein (BU) def. Brenden Buchanon (CUNE) 7-6(7-4) 7-6(7-3)
6. Dylan Geick (BU) def. Phil Yox 6-0 6-2

"I was very happy with our squad's performances this weekend,” said Baker head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian. “Everyone had to step up due to some injuries in our line-up. Sophomore Dylan Geick had a few big singles wins which was huge for his confidence going forward."

The Wildcats next match is on Wednesday, Mar. 11 at Laury Tennis Courts against Tabor at 4 p.m.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Nebraska Wesleyan http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10880-men-s-tennis-rolls-past-nebraska-wesleyan http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10880-men-s-tennis-rolls-past-nebraska-wesleyan Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Nebraska Wesleyan

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men’s tennis team competed in two matches on Saturday, Feb. 21 against William Jewell College and Nebraska Wesleyan.

William Jewell narrowly defeated the Wildcats, 5-4, and then Baker bounced back with an 8-1 win over Nebraska Wesleyan.

For a full look at the results, please see below.

Baker Men’s Tennis vs. William Jewell College at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Neb.

1. Michael Draper/Blake Barnard (BU) def. Jimmy Hunter/Amery Clews(WJC) 8-6
2. Mark Gartner/Dean Pinhas (WJC) def. Thomas Irick/Aaron Greenbaum (BU) 8-5
3. Gavin Webster/Austin Keberlein (BU) def. Isaac Hamilton/AJ Naanep (WJC) 8-4

1. Marc Gartner (WJC) def. Michael Draper (BU) 6-2 6-0
2. Amery Clews (WJC) def. Thomas Irick (BU) 6-2 6-4
3. Blake Barnard (BU) def. Jimmy Hunter (WJC) 7-5 6-4
4. Dean Pinhas (WJC) def. Gavin Webster (BU) 6-4 2-6 12-10
5. Isaac Hamilton (WJC) def. Aaron Greenbaum (BU) 6-4 6-2
6. Austin Keberlein (BU) def. AJ Naanep (WJC) 3-6 6-2 10-8

William Jewell wins 5-4

Baker Men’s Tennis at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Neb.

1. Michael Draper/Blake Barnard (BU) def. Trevor Milburn/Hale Breit (NWU) 8-4
2. Thomas Irick/Aaron Greenbaum (BU) def. Pedro Bethlem/Andrew Finkner (NWU) 8-6
3. Gavin Webster/Austin Keberlein (BU) def. Jordan Pieper/Christian Cannon (NWU) 8-1

1. Trevor Milburn (NWU) def. Michael Draper (BU) 6-0 6-2
2. Thomas Irick (BU) def. Pedro Bethlem (NWU) 3-6 6-3 10-6
3. Blake Barnard (BU) def. Hale Breit (NWU) 6-2 6-2
4. Gavin Webster (BU) def. Andrew Finkner (NWU) 7-5 6-1
5. Aaron Greenbaum (BU) def. Jordan Pieper (NWU) 6-2 6-2
6. Austin Keberlein (BU) def. Christian Cannon 6-2 6-2

Baker wins 8-1

"I was proud of the way our men performed this weekend,” said head coach Joe Ahmadian. “We were one point away from beating NCAA Division II William Jewell but things didn't go our way. I was happy with how we were able to move on to the next match and take care of business. Freshmen Blake Barnard and Austin Keberlein each went 4-0 on the day and are starting to get comfortable competing at the college level."

Baker will next face Ottawa University on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Laury Tennis Courts on Baker’s campus at 11 a.m.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Tennis Competes against Rockhurst http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10784-tennis-competes-against-rockhurst http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10784-tennis-competes-against-rockhurst Micheal Draper picked up a singles win over Rockhurst on Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men's and women's tennis teams competed against Rockhurst University on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Kansas City, Mo.

The men's team fell, 7-2 to the Hawks, while the Baker women's team was swept, 9-0. For a full look at scores, please see below.

Baker Men's Tennis at Rockhurst. – Rockhurst wis, 7-2

1. Truit Gray/Oskar Unger (RU) def. Michael Draper/Spartak Rahachou (BU) 8-4
2. Decho Valev/Nicolos Riveros (RU) def. Thomas Irick/Aaron Greenbaum (BU) 8-3
3. Joseph Fischer/Luke Salisbury (CU) def. Blake Barnard/Austin Keberlein (BU) 8-6

1. Spartak Rahachou (BU) def. Truit Gray (RU) 6-4 6-1
2. Michael Draper (BU) def. Oskar Unger (RU) 7-5 3-6 10-8
3. Decho Valev (RU) def. Thomas Irick (BU) 6-3 6-1
4. Joseph Fischer (RU) def. Blake Barnard (BU) 6-1 6-1
5. Nicolos Riveros (RU) def. Gavin Webster (BU) 6-2 6-2
6. Anthony Ibarra (RU) def. Aaron Grenbaum (BU) 4-6 6-1 10-5
7. (Exhibition) Dylan Geick (BU) def. Colin Ice (RU) 8-3
8. (Exhibition) Austin Keberlein (BU) def. Zach Pohlman (RU) 8-4

Baker Women's Tennis at Rockhurst – Rockhurst wins, 9-0

1. Emma Schelble/Tamara Santos (RU) def. Megan Henry/Brooke Barnard (BU) 8-0
2. Fabi Juarez/Justine Berezintsev (RU) def. Holly Chestnut/Nathalia Barr (BU) 8-3
3. Kim Vrugteveen/Alex Schelble (RU) def. Abby Kaff/Taylor Swartzendruber (BU) 8-3

1. Emma Schelble (RU) def. Megan Henry (BU) 6-0 6-0
2. Fabi Juarez (RU) def. Brooke Barnard (BU) 7-5 6-2
3. Tamara Santos (RU) def. Holly Chestnut (BU) 6-1 6-0
4. Justine Berezintsev (RU) def. Nathalia Barr (BU) 6-2 6-4
5. Alex Schelble (RU) def. Caroline Lockwood (BU) 6-1 6-2
6. Maddy Kayser (RU) def. Taylor Swartzendruber (BU) 6-0 6-0


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Tennis Takes on Creighton http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10745-tennis-takes-on-creighton http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10745-tennis-takes-on-creighton Spartak Rahachou picked up a singles victory over Creighton last Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men's and women's tennis teams competed against NCAA Division I Creighton University on Jan. 31 at the Wood Valley Racquet Club in Topeka, Kan.

The Creighton men's team defeated Baker 6-1, while the Blue Jay women's team defeated Baker, 7-0. For a full look at the results, please see below.

Baker Men's Tennis vs. Creighton: Creighton wins 6-1

1. Jake Norman/Elliott Baker (CU) def. Michael Draper/Spartak Rahachou (BU) 6-4
2. Quinn Dipple/Nick Thompson (CU) def. Thomas Irick/Aaron Greenbaum (BU) 6-1
3. Harrison Lang/Jake Glazer (CU) def. Blake Barnard/Austin Keberlein (BU) 6-3

1. Spartak Rahachou (BU) def. Jake Norman (CU) 7-6(5) 6-4
2. Quinn Dipple (CU) def. Michael Draper (BU) 6-1 6-0
3. Harrison Lang (CU) def. Thomas Irick (BU) 6-2 6-1
4. Elliott Baker (CU) def. Blake Barnard (BU) 6-1 6-3
5. August Nysted (CU) def. Gavin Webster (BU) 6-4 6-3
6. Jake Glazer (CU) def. Aaron Grenbaum (BU) 6-1 6-1

"I was happy with how well our guys competed against a tough NCAA Division I Big East school," said head coach Joe Ahmadian. "Junior Spartak Rahachou got our sole win on the day and he should only get better.

"There's nobody in college tennis who Spartak cannot compete with. Sophomore Gavin Webester played one of the best matches I've seen him play. He went shot for shot with a great player and was only a few points away from getting the win. If Gavin continues to play like that he'll be a serious weapon this year."

Women's Tennis vs. Creighton: Creighton win 7-0

1. Jennie Hartjes/Katherine Nelson (CU) def. Megan Henry/Brooke Barnard (BU) 6-1
2. Darby Rosette/Natalie Miller (CU) def. Holly Chestnut/Nathalia Barr (BU) 6-0
3. Liz Vermillion/Sam Anderson (CU) def. Jaimie Myers/Taylor Swartzendruber (BU) 6-0

1. Jennie Hartjes (CU) def. Megan Henry (BU) 6-2 6-0
2. Katherine Nelson (CU) def. Brooke Barnard (BU) 6-2 6-1
3. Darby Rosette (CU) def. Holly Chestnut (BU) 6-0 6-2
4. Natalie Miller (CU) def. Nathalia Barr (BU) 6-0 6-1
5. Karlin Nasland (CU) def. Jaimie Myers (BU) 6-1 6-0
6. Amanda Noonan(CU) def. Caroline Lockwood (BU) 6-1 6-2

"Our women came out and competed to the best of their ability this Saturday," said Ahmadian. "Although the scores were somewhat lopsided, our women understand how playing elite level competition helps them to improve. The experience gained from these matches are invaluable and will better prepare the team for a successful spring season."

Baker will next take on NCAA Division II Rockhurst University on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. in Kansas City, Mo.


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600
Zach Aldrich Honored with HAAC Award http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10521-zach-aldrich-honored-with-haac-award http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/mens-tennis/news-archive/item/10521-zach-aldrich-honored-with-haac-award Zach Aldrich Honored with HAAC Award

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University's men's athletic program finished the 2013-14 academic year with the highest overall GPA of all 10 institutions in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, announced by the conference.

For that honor, Baker was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a current male student-athlete of their choosing.

Receiving the HAAC Commissioner's GPA Award and scholarship is senior Zach Aldrich. The Topeka, Kan., native is a current member of the BU men's tennis team and plans to graduate this May with a degree in business.

This marks the second-straight year the Baker men's athletics program has received this award. Ethan Hays of the men's soccer team received the scholarship a year ago.

"I'm extremely proud of our student-athletes' performance in the classroom," said Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar. "It speaks to their ability to balance priorities and achieve excellence. Our coaches do a tremendous job of supporting our student-athletes in their quest to complete their degree and find their true passion in life."


no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Tennis Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600