Netters Stumble at MWC Team Tournament, Finish Fourth
From Sports Information Director, May 1, 2009 | Men's Tennis
by Dan Lukes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (920) 403-4077
The Green Knights, who entered the tournament on an 11-match winning streak, lost their conference semifinal match to Monmouth College 5-4. St. Norbert then lost to Lawrence University 5-2 in the third-place match. The Green Knights (18-10) had beaten both Monmouth and Lawrence 5-4 during the regular season.
Things looked promising against Monmouth when the Green Knights claimed two of three doubles matches. Jordan Bauer and Mike Hyrczyk outlasted Kyle Korb and Chris Utterback 9-7 at No. 1 doubles, while Eric Koppmann and Matt Schmitz beat Tyler Lampe and Ben Morrow 8-2.
St. Norbert, however, had three singles matches go three sets and ended up dropping all three. The Green Knights got singles wins from Derek Harrington at No. 2 by a 6-0, 6-0 score over Sam Graf and at No. 5, where Ethan Kadow beat Tyler Lampe 6-4, 6-0.
St. Norbert had to turn right around and face Lawrence and ended up losing all three doubles matches by 8-6 scores. Harrington won again at No. 2 singles, beating Caleb Ray 7-5, 6-1. Kadow topped Kyle Nodarse 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5.