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Tennis competes at ITA Regional

October 6, 2017

The Scots men’s tennis team was in action this past weekend at the ITA Central Regional Championship in Kalamazoo, MI. Seniors Landon Walker and Ronnie Griffin were the two representing the Scots at the tournament.

In the first round of the singles competitions on Friday, Ronnie Griffin took on Jack Hibbard of Ohio Wesleyan University. Griffin would fall in the first set of the match 6-2 but looked to regroup and force a third set. He would give a great effort but would lose the second set 6-1.

Landon Walker would also compete on Friday against Jamie McDonald of Denison University. Walker would lose straight sets 6-0, 6-0 knocking out both Scots in the first round of the tournament. Both players would have a chance to play in the consolation round and win some matches.

In the first consolation round, Ronnie Griffin took on Andrew Denning of Wabash College. Griffin once again fell behind one set to none after a 6-1 loss. He would get closer to Denning in the second set but would lose that one as well 6-2.

Landon Walker’s consolation opponent was Brett O’Brien from conference rival Lake Forest College. Walker would fight hard in the first set but O’Brien would take it 6-3. Determined to force a third set Walker gave the conference adversary all he had, but he would come up short 6-4.

Griffin and Walker would also team up on Friday in the doubles competition. They would take on Greenville University in the round of 64 aiming to defeat the fellow Illinois school and advance to the second round of the tournament.

The Scots were not able to win the match as Greenville advanced with an 8-3 victory. Griffin and Walker would have a chance to redeem themselves in the consolation bracket.

Monmouth would take on John Carroll University in the matchup. Whoever won this would be able to play a match on Saturday and move on in the consolation bracket. It was a tight match but the Scots would come away with their first victory of the tournament with an 8-6 win.

Griffin and Walker would take on Oberlin College on Saturday looking to build a win streak. Unfortunately, Monmouth’s weekend would end with a close 8-5 loss.

That was the last time you’ll see the men’s tennis team until February 3rd.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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