Mon, Feb. 20, 2012 - [Men's Tennis]
With the first two weekends of the 2012 Loras College men's tennis season in the books, the purple and gold currently sit at 0-4.
The season opened in western Iowa at Buena Vista. The Duhawks opened with a 9-0 loss to Morningside College on the neutral courts provided by the Beavers. Jon Moore battled to a 6-4, 6-4 loss at #1 singles and he teamed with John Keane at #1 doubles to win four games. The duo fell 8-4.
Moore and Keane turned around in the afternoon and provided the first two wins of the season at #1 and #2 singles. Moore won 6-4, 6-3 over Adam Gustad. Keane needed a marathon tiebreaker to get past Mike Sporer, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).
The three doubles teams combined to win five games, but the Duhawks were again in the loss column overall with a 7-2 loss to host Buena Vista.
The Duhawks spent last Saturday in Cedar Rapids for a pair of duals. The Duhawks opened with the UW-Oshkosh Titans before their IIAC clash with the Coe College Kohawks.
The Titans blanked three Duhawks in singles matches and Moore again won multiple games, but the Duhawks were kept off the scoreboard in singles. Jeff Kasel won games in each of the two sets he played at #3 singles, but fell 6-1, 6-2. Each Duhawks tandem won one game in doubles, falling 8-1 in each of the three slots. Moore teamed with Tyler Livingston at #1, Keane with Justin Steines at #2, and Jack O'Brien joined Jeff Kasel at #3.
Against the regionally ranked Kohawks, the visiting Duhawks were again sent to the loss column, 9-0. Moore once again battled to a 6-4, 6-4 loss at #1 singles. Keane and Kasel each won three games in their losses at #2 and #3. Loras' best doubles effort came in the #1 slot where Moore and Livingston fell 8-4.
This Saturday, February 25, the Duhawks will host their first competitions in the recently renovated Graber Sports Center. The updates to the facility included a new floor and nets, which will allow the Duhawks to use all courts for both practice and matches. Loras will host non-conference foes Ashford and Knox beginning at 8:30 AM.