The 1986 men’s tennis team consisted of a group of hard-working individuals who came together in an amazing season to achieve what no other Bluffton tennis team has been able to repeat. There were many high points during the season, but the greatest came when the team qualified for the NAIA national tournament, an honor earned by winning the NAIA District 22 tournament.
Success was a dream come true for these athletes as the entire team contributed to the advance to the national tournament. Team members Hugo Sandberg, Mike Frey and Tony Mullet received District 22 honors. Coach Pete Yost was named district Coach of the Year.
Sandberg recorded a 17-3 singles record during the season, while Frey was 16-7; Mullet, 12-11; and Ron Falb, 8-12. Sandberg and Mullet also teamed for an 18-3 doubles record, while Frey and Brant Hilty were 6-6 and Falb and John Watkins, 4-8. None of this would have been possible without the help of Yost and his attitude of having fun and enjoying the game of tennis.