Despite two more wins by its number one doubles tandem of Chris Habermann and Jesse Brace, the Buena Vista men's tennis team came up just short in a pair of matches away from home on Saturday, falling at Nebraska Wesleyan, 6-3, and to Concordia (Neb.) 7-2.
Against the Prairie Wolves, Habermann and Brace hung on for a hard fougth 8-4 triumph to get the day started for BVU, but the Beavers then fell in the final two doubles matches by identical 8-0 margins. Habermann and Brace finished up conference play at 5-2.
Habermann then grinded out a three-set tiebreaker to win at number one singles, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 10-3. It was his seventh singles win of the year which is shy of Brace's team-leading nine.
Brace picked up that ninth win in thrilling fashion by overcoming a deficit after dropping the first set, 6-4. He evened the match with a 6-1 triumph in the second before crusing in the third-set tiebreaker, 10-5.
That was about all BVU could punch through against NWU, as the Prairie Wolves captured the final four matches in straight sets.
Against Concordia, Habermann and Brace again came through, winning a thrilling 9-8 decision in their doubles match to improve to 18-6 on the year.
Will Connelly picked up the only other win for BVU, taking the number four singles bout, 2-6, 7-6, 10-5. Brace came up on the short end of a three-set tiebreaker this time around, dropping the third, 10-2.
Buena Vista is 3-21 on the year and will wrap up its season at Martin Luther College on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00pm.