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Men’s tennis takes on Luther, Augustana

February 16, 2018

The Fighting Scots’ men’s tennis team was back in action this past Saturday in Moline, IL. The Scots had two matches, the first coming against Luther College and the second a matchup with Augustana College.

Against Luther, the Scots played tough and had some close doubles and singles matches. Dylan Wong and Landon Walker battled in their doubles competition before eventually losing 5-8. The two freshmen on the team, Zach Harris and Joseph Shie, teamed up for a strong showing in their doubles match. The two would fall 4-8 but both would have a chance to redeem themselves in the singles matches.

In Shie’s singles competition he jumped on his opponent early and took the first set 7-5 before losing the second set 2-6. In the decisive third set, it was back and forth between the two and Luther’s Brian Murman would take the victory 10-8. The Scots would lose the match against Luther 9-0.

Monmouth would then take on Augustana College, and once again the Scots put a lot of pressure on their adversary in the doubles competitions. Wong and Walker had another good match but the two couldn’t come away with a victory as they fell 8-4. Harris and Shie came away with the Scots first match victory of the season, defeating Augustana’s #3 doubles team in a close 9-8 battle.

In the #1 doubles competition, Wong faced off against Augustana’s Caio DeRezende and hung tough with him for two sets before suffering defeat 2-6, 3-6. For the second singles match in the row, Joseph Shie forced a third set. After losing the first set 2-6, Shie came back and won the second set 6-4. In the third set, Shie wasn’t able to keep up with his opponent and would fall 6-10. Monmouth lost to Augustana 8-1 to end their weekend of competition.

The Scots will head to Chicago this Sunday for two matches. Their first match will be against North Central College and then they will take on Illinois Institute of Technology afterward.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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