The Iowa Conference schedule-makers didn’t do any favors for the young men’s tennis team.
Early this season, the Duhawks suffered two heartbreaking 5-4 losses to conference foes Buena Vista and the University of Dubuque. If those matches were replayed now, after Loras gained some much needed experience, the results might be different.
In the end, the Duhawks faced a monumental task at the end of the season. They would have to beat the top two conference teams to earn a berth in the postseason tournament.
Coming off their first win of the season against Simpson College, the men’s confidence received a boost. But now Loras faced mighty Coe, which is undefeated at 25-0. As expected, Coe swept to a 9-0 win over Loras.
The Duhawks put up a better fight against Luther, the second-best team in the conference. Luther’s 7-2 victory ended Loras’ season. The Duhawks finished 1-6 in the conference, but two of the losses were nailbiters.
“We can only hope to take this season and learn from it. We are a young team and have a lot of progress to be made in the future and can only hope to go up form here,” said sophomore Brian Falvey.
“This season helped get us the experience we needed and it will definitely benefit us in the future when we come up against those top teams,” Falvey continued. “With the outcome of this season that we had it’s important to look at the positives that we got from it and build on those as we go on and finish out the season strong.”
Against Luther, Loras senior Garett Prusha was the lone victor in singles competition, winning his match 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. The second Loras victory came in doubles from the team’s top duo of Falvey and sophomore Jon Moore, who defeated the Luther tandem by a score of 8-5.
Sandwiched in between the Coe and Luther matches was a match against Cornell, one of the top teams in the Midwest Conference. Cornell notched an 8-1 win over Loras.
Moore was able to win his singles match to tally the only point against Cornell. He won the first set 6-2 and his third 10-6 to salvage a win for the Duhawks.