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Tennis dominates at Wartburg

March 23, 2018

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

This past Saturday the Fighting Scots men’s tennis team headed to Waverly, IA to face off against Wartburg College. This was Monmouth’s first match since returning from their spring break trip to Florida.

The Scots had a strong showing in the doubles competitions, winning two of the three matches against the Knights. Seniors Dylan Wong and Saxon Day took down Wartburg’s Sam Nettleton and Nate Meister 8-4 to get Monmouth rolling. The Scots’ second doubles victory came from freshmen Joseph Shie and Zach Harris. Wartburg’s Will McDonald and Nate Kolz put up a good fight but Shie and Harris would come away with an 8-6 victory.

The two teams then switched over to the singles competitions where the Scots had even more success. Wartburg was only victorious in one of the singles matches as Connor Barnard defeated Landon Walker 6-3, 6-2. That was the last win the Knights would get on the day as Monmouth swept the rest of the singles matches.

Wong was able to win in straight sets in his singles match 6-2, 6-3. Senior Ronnie Griffin was also able to take down his competitor pretty effortlessly. The first set Griffin only allowed one point as he won 6-1. The second set wasn’t much closer as Griffin ended his day with straight-set victory 6-1, 6-2.

Freshman Joseph Shie had some trouble in his first singles set, but he still came away with a 6-3 victory. The second set of the match ended in a 6-0 shutout in Shie’s favor. The freshmen’s match victory gave Monmouth the win on the day with two singles matches still to go.

Saxon Day and Zach Harris wrapped up the victory with two wins of their own. Both Day and Harris took down their opponents in straight sets. Day won his match 6-4, 6-3 and Harris had little trouble in his competition as he only allowed one point over the course of the two sets.

The Scots came away with a 7-2 victory over Wartburg and now they look to bring that great play back home for their conference opener next weekend. Monmouth will host Knox College on Wednesday at 4:30 P.M.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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