Green Knights Wrap Up Season With MWC Singles/Doubles Tournament

From Sports Information Director, May 3, 2009 | Men's Tennis
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MADISON - St. Norbert College wrapped up its 2009 season with the year-end Midwest Conference Singles and Doubles Championship at Nielsen Tennis Center.

The Green Knights, who finished fourth at the MWC team championship, finished third in the tournament with 57 points. Conference champion Grinnell totaled 105 points, while runner-up Monmouth had 60 points.

St. Norbert did not have any conference champions but did have a pair of singles players reach their flight finals. Derek Harrington was the runner-up to Grinnell's Dan LaFountaine at No. 2 singles, dropping the title match by a 6-0, 6-2 score. Harrington easily won his first two matches, beating Lake Forest's Tommy White 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and Monmouth's Sam Graf 6-2, 6-1 in a semifinal match.

Ethan Kadow reached the finals at No. 5 singles, dropping the title match to Grinnell's Eric Ritter 6-0, 6-3. Kadow topped Carroll's Adam Knoelke 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Monmouth's Tyler Lampe 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals.

The other four singles players all reached the semifinals before being eliminated. Nate Tackaberry, playing at No. 4 singles, was the only one to go to three sets before succumbing to Grinnell's Sam Raife 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

In doubles action, two of the three flights reached the semifinals. Jordan Bauer and Mike Hyrczyk lost to Lawrence's Ryan Dunn and Dan Hertel 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1. Eric Koppmann and Matt Schmitz lost to Lake Forest's Joe Campagna and Chris Paterakos 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.

Harrington and Tackaberry won the consolation championship at No. 2 doubles, beating Ripon's Jake Knappen and Alex Tande by a 10-2 score.