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Tennis splits Saturday matches: Fighting Scots fall in first match, bounce back with a victory

April 17, 2015

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - All Fighting Scots doubles teams defeated Cornell's pairs on Saturday, but fell to Grinnell's strong doubles competitors. Paulo Pliego and Saxon Day saw 8-5 scores for their win and loss.

The Fighting Scots took to the court as they hosted both Grinnell College and Cornell College on Saturday afternoon. The Scots first matchup came against the Grinnell Pioneers in which they fell to the Pioneers with a final score of 9-0.

It was a disappointing loss for the Scots who have been red hot lately on a nine match winning streak. The loss also marked the first conference loss of the season for the Scots.

Junior Marco Franco talked about the hard to swallow loss against the Scots’ rivals.

“It was a tough loss because it was against our rival but it was eye opening to us because it showed us what we need to work on to get us ready for Carroll and Lake Forest this weekend and for the conference championships next weekend,” Franco said.

After a slow start to the day the Scots faced Cornell College in the second matchup of the afternoon.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Marco Franco and Saxon Day both went 2-2 on the day in their doubles and singles competitions against Grinnell and Cornell at home.

Multiple Scots shined in their singles matchups as Saxon Day defeated The Rams’ Thomas Weiss 7-5 and 6-2, Dylan Wong dominated Hiro Harada 6-2 and 6-0, Paulo Pliego took the win against Reid Lange with a score of 6-1 and 6-0 and Ronnie Griffin took down Kristian Dale with a final of 6-2 and 6-1.

The Scots also dominated doubles matchups as the teams of Rineberg and Franco, Day and Pliego, Wong and Griffin swept the doubles competition.

The Scots went on to win the overall matchup against the Rams with a final score of 7-2.

With the win, it improved the Scots to a conference record of six wins and only one loss, and their overall record to thirteen wins and nine losses.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Saxon Day.

“Our expectation for the rest of the season is to go undefeated all the way through the conference championships as well as to get a bid to nationals. I know we are capable of doing this we just need to put forth the work these last two weeks,” said Franco.

The Fighting Scots finish out their regular season this Sunday when they host Carroll University and Lake Forest College at Monmouth College Tennis Stadium.

The team then heads to Madison, Wisconsin for the Midwest Conference tournament which will be held April 24th through April 26th.

Dylan Miller
Contributing Writer

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