This past weekend were the conference tournaments for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The men played on Friday at Genesis East and the women played on Saturday indoors at Genesis West.
The women’s tennis team
Unfortunately, neither team made it to nationals but that does not discount the great and successful seasons they had.
The Bethel men played McPherson in the semis of the conference tournament and lost in a heart-wrenching 4-5 dual. That is as close as they come! They all played so well and gave it all they had, and should look back on this dual with feelings of success because they improved this duals score when comparing it to their in-season score against McPherson 2-7. The Bethel men ended up third in their conference.
The women played Ottawa in the semis and dominate 5-0 (in the conference tournament you stop as soon as one team gets five matches). This was a great way to start off the tournament for the women and that took us to the finals with confidence. We then faced McPherson in the finals. Our in season score against them was also 2-7, but we knew there were five matches out there for us to win. Unfortunately, Saturday was not the day for that to happen. The McPherson team played close to flawless in doubles winning all three matches. This meant that we would have to win 5 out of our 6 singles matches. We had a player tied in a three setter, a match two points away from Bethel winning, and one match just beginning when McPherson got their fifth point. Again, I could not be more proud of the women’s team, we gave it our all and unfortunately it just wasn’t enough on Saturday to get us to the National tournament. The Bethel women ended up second in their conference.
We are also saying goodbye to some great seniors: Stephanie Shogren, Clinton Chlumsky, Wesley Goodrich and Kris Dubach. They have all been great players and great supports to our team throughout their four years and we will miss them greatly.
Look for us this fall as we begin our next season, and my last!
Today is an exciting day for the choir and orchestra members of Bethel College. At 4:00pm we have our Masterworks concert where the orchestra will be performing the first half of the concert and the choir will sing the Messe De Requiem along with the orchestra and four soloists: Doyle Preheim (Base) , Joshua Powell (Tenor), Monica Schmidt (Alto) and Soyoun Chun (Soprano). This piece is wonderful and beautiful and I am excited to be able to share it with our community this afternoon!
Another exciting part about this Masterworks performance is that Tim Shade is back on campus to direct! It has been fun to work with him again, and I am looking forward to the performance with him and hope you are able to come out and enjoy the music.
Also, knowing that it is the time of the year for Masterworks, it makes me realize that the end of the school year is about here! It never fails to sneak up on me, and it always brings a lot of emotions: excitement (its almost summer!), fear (I have so much to do!), sadness (I only have one more year left with the wonderful people at Bethel College), but then more happiness (three months with no homework!).
Well, that is enough for now, I had better stop procrastinating on the fear (I have so much to do!) part of the end of the semester.
Look forward to more stress buster tips from me as finals and end of the semester business starts creeping its way into the lives of the people at Bethel.
Mods 6A and 6C
This year’s Bubberts Awards were on the evening of April 12th. Bubberts was great as always! Everyone looked super spiffy and fancy. To start the night out, the Bethel Parent’s Association brought lots of homemade desserts and goodies for all of the students to snack on. Once the students were finished with the yummy food, everyone went in to the auditorium, and the show was started. We had six amazing movies directed by: Danny Barrera, Ben Carlson, Brooke Powers, Eric Preheim, Heather Eddy, and Matthew Rodenberg. First place ended up going to Danny Barrera, second went to Ben Carlson, and third went to Brooke Powers. If you have not seen the winning video, “Graduation State of Mind” here is a link for you:
In between these videos, the students were entertained by Aaron Tschetter, Cris Nelson, and Cody Claassen. My mod mate, Alli Rudeen, about cried when they sang a Bubberts rendition of the Frozen song, “Let it go.” After Bubberts there was a dance in the library that was also very fun!
A lovely group of ladies!
My roommate, Michelle!
Like I mentioned in my previous post, this tennis season has been a unique one. Many matches at the beginning of the year were cancelled due to the bad weather. However, the weather is finally cooperating, our season has finally started picking up, and today was the first conference match!
So far, the record for the men’s tennis team is 6-0 and the women’s team is 4-2. After the first conference match against Friends both teams are 1-0 in conference! The men defeated friends 7-2 and the women defeated them 9-0.
It is hard to believe that there is only about one more month left of tennis because it feels like it only just started. The remaining matches I have posted below.
April 7: 10:00am @ Ottawa vs. Ottawa University
April 10: 3:00pm @ Salina vs. Kansas Wesleyan University
April 12: 9:00am @ Bethel vs. McPherson College
April 14: 3:00pm @ Bethel vs. Southwestern College
April 17: 3:00pm @ Bethel vs. Tabor College
April 19: 9:00am @ Lindsborg vs. Bethany College
If you are interested in tennis, we would love for you to come out and support the teams!
If you want to see full detailed results on each match, go to the Bethel athletic page at: www.bethelthreshers.com