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Tennis begins conference play

April 7, 2017

The Men’s Tennis team opened Midwest Conference play this past weekend, hosting two matches at home. The first match, on Saturday, pitted the Scots up against Ripon College. “We were confident going into the match against Ripon. We knew we had a good chance to win,” said Coach Brian Jordan. The Scots started off the match well by winning all three doubles matches and taking an early 3-0 lead. In singles, the Scots’ No. 1 through No. 5 singles players each won in straight sets and won comfortably. At No. 6 singles, Alex Martin fought hard, but came up short, losing in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. The Scots won the match 8-1 to start off conference play strong.

The Men’s Tennis team was back in action on Sunday, playing host to Lake Forest College. The No. 1 doubles team of Ronnie Griffin and Landon Walker started off the match well for the Scots by winning their matchup and keeping the team in contention heading into singles play. “Ronnie and Landon have huge serves, which makes them a very dangerous combo,” said Jordan. The No. 2 doubles team of Saxon Day and Paulo Pliego and No. 3 doubles team of Dylan Wong and Cole Pyatt both fought hard, but came up short in their matches. Singles play didn’t start off well for the Scots, as the No. 1 through No. 3 singles players each lost in straight sets. Saxon Day, playing at No. 4 singles, managed to pick up up a key win for the team and won in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. At No. 5 singles, Pliego took a very competitive first set, but lost sets 2 and 3. The Scots ultimately lost the match 7-2 to move to 1-1 in conference play.

The Men’s tennis team will be back in action this weekend on the road against St. Norbert College and Lawrence University.

Dustin Watts
Contributing Writer

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