Buchanan’s Bender wins 200th career matchPublished 8:35am Thursday, October 1, 2009
BUCHANAN – The Buchanan tennis team improved to 11-2-1 on Wednesday with a 5-3 win over visiting Paw Paw.
The win gave Buchanan coach Steve Bender his 200th career victory.
Bender in 22 seasons has a record of 20-16-8, which includes 16 conference titles, 14 regional championships, 10 undefeated seasons and 18 trips to the state finals.
Buchanan won the 2003 state championship under his direction and has been in the Final four on seven occasions.
The Bucks swept the doubles flights and earned one lone victory in singles competition as Derek Blank defeated Kevin Bain in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-4.
Picking up straight set victories for Buchanan in doubles action were Ryan Henckel and Josh Whitfield, Jason Haslock and Jake Welsch, along with John Backus and Agape Mpamira.
Winning in three sets at No. 3 doubles were Corey Thompson and Alex Kuhn.
1. Sam Abbott (PP) d. Tyler Lindorf 6-0, 7-5; 2. Jordan Nelson (PP) d. Nate Henckel 6-3, 7-6(6); 3. Michael Brown (PP) d. Tanner Lindorf 2-6, 6-4 and 6-4; 4. Derek Blank (B) d. Kevin Bain 6-1, 6-4
1. Ryan Henckel/Josh Whitfield (B) d. Kyle Fevig/David Rife 6-0, 6-1; 2. John Haslock/Jake Welsh (B) d. Nate Klingel/Brady Ruselink 6-2, 6-2; 3. Corey Thompson/Alex Kuhn (B) d. Jared Burk/Chris Lyons 5-7, 6-1, 6-2; 4. John Backuk/Agape Mpamira (B) d. Nathan Huggett/Chris Long 6-2, 6-1