Concordia splits pair of home matches

By Jake Knabel on Mar. 3, 2018 in Men's Tennis

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University men’s tennis team went 1-for-2 while hosting opponents from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in back-to-back days. The Bulldogs topped Sterling College, 8-1, on Friday (March 2) and then fell by that same score at the hands of Kansas Wesleyan University on Saturday (March 3). Both matches took place inside the Fieldhouse in Seward.

Fourth-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squad stays level at .500, 4-4 overall with a spring break trip coming up next.

In Friday’s victory, Concordia swept through doubles play and then won five of six singles matches. The only defeat was a narrow one at No. 1 singles, where a tiebreaker was needed to decide the outcome. Sophomore Luke Zoller won both of his weekend matches at the No. 2 singles spot to lead the way. In the loss to Kansas Wesleyan, the Bulldogs dropped a match at No. 3 doubles for the first time all season. Concordia had defeated the Coyotes back in the fall, but the visitors brought a lineup that had a different look to it on this occasion.

In addition to Zoller, singles winners on Friday were Jeremy Berryman at No. 3, Gio De Moraes at No. 4, Caleb Lauby at No. 5 and Josh Miller at No. 6. In a successful run through doubles, Berryman and Zoller paired at No. 1, Greeff and Lauby teamed up at No. 2 and De Moraes and Miller collaborated at No. 3.

The team’s spring break journey will start with a match on Wednesday, March 7 at Tabor College. Concordia will also be in action March 8-10 against the likes of Bethel College, Hesston College and Friends University while making its way around the state of Kansas.