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Men’s tennis hits 15-5 in quest for championship season

April 15, 2011

The Monmouth Fighting Scots men’s tennis defeated Illinois Wesleyan, the number 2 ranked doubles team in the region, 5-4 and Elmhurst College 7-2 this past weekend in Bloomington, Ill.

By beating both teams the Scots end their winless streak in the CCIW conference and also improve their team record to 15-5. With these two wins, they are now tied for first place in the conference with Grinnell.

“The team has been doing very well thus far this season. We have an impressive record and are looking to make that an even better season end resulting record,” said junior Chris Utterback.

The Fighting Scots began the season with a slow start, going 1-3, but have performed strongly since, going 14-2 in their last 16 matches. In both the single play and doubles play the Scots have come up with huge wins making this a valiant team effort. Two weeks ago against Central, head coach Chad Braun said, “Our number one doubles team wasn’t at their best, but still found a way to win. That’s what doubles play is all about. One partner might have an off day and the other one picks up the slack. That’s the sign of a great team.”

The tennis team has five more matches before they start play for the Midwest Conference Championships. They will face Ripon College on April 15 and Lake Forest on April 16.

“I would like our team to make it to the team championships for conference. Two of the top teams from each division make it, but unfortunately the best teams are in our division. To help make this goal happen, we must beat our rivals from Lake Forest,” Utterback said.

BY KEN COLLINS
Contributing Writer

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