McMINNVILLE, Ore. – For the first time in the month of March, Linfield gets to put a mark in the win column. The Wildcats earned a 7-2 nonconference victory over Hardin-Simmons in men’s tennis Tuesday at the Linfield Tennis Center.
With the win, the ‘Cats run their record to 3-5 overall. The Cowboys, who compete in the American Southwest Conference, even their win-loss mark at 5-5.
Linfield was led by Mark Magdaong, Brent Kingzett and Tim Wagar, who all won in both singles and doubles action.
To open doubles play, Magdaong and Kingzett teamed to defeat Erich Bein and Sean Strehlow 8-5. The No. 3 pair of Wagar and Tal DeWitt crushed Michael McCullough and Tony Record 8-2.
Hardin-Simmons picked up a win in the middle doubles flight, as Andy Cariens and Emmanuel Navejas edged Cody Levien and Zachery Lyons (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) 8-6.
After enduring a frustrating pair matches in which they led after doubles play and gave up the lead, the ‘Cats put together a complete effort against the Cowboys. Linfield players swept five of six singles matches to secure the victory.
In the top flight, Magdaong rallied from an early lead to drop Cariens 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. The No. 2 match produced the sole victory for Hardin-Simmons as Bein defeated DeWitt 6-2, 6-2.
Levien topped Navejas 6-2, 6-2 in the third match. Kingzett earned a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Cullen Dees.
Wagar, playing at the No. 5 position for the first time this season, prevailed over Gavin Ybarra in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. Lyons also went to three sets against Strehlow, defeating his Hardin-Simmons counterpart 7-5, 5-7, 10-3.
"We played complete match today from the first point of doubles to the last point of singles," said head coach Carl Swanson. "Mark was a warrior again today and Brent was rock solid today in singles and doubles."
Hardin-Simmons of Abilene, Texas, concluded a three-match series with Northwest Conference teams. The Cowboys defeated George Fox 6-3 Monday afternoon, then lost earlier Tuesday to Willamette 7-2.
NEXT: The ‘Cats travel to California for a two-match trip over Spring Break. Saturday, Linfield takes on Redlands in a 2 p.m. contest, and faces Salisbury in a 10 a.m. match Monday.
Brent Kingzett, Mark Magdaong
Singles and doubles winners
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