Men’s tennis mixes up matchups

Michel, Baldwin a well-performing pair at No. 2 doubles

The men’s tennis team tested out some new matchups for their spring season that started this past Saturday, Feb. 10. The Duhawks traveled to Naperville, IL, to face the North Central Cardinals, ultimately losing in a close meet 5-4.

“Two of  our three doubles teams were new this year with Charlie Harris paired with Jason Derby at No. 1 doubles,” said head coach Chad Fenwick. “They won in pretty dominant fashion with an 8-3 win.”

Senior Derby, having lived in first singles and first doubles for a while now, was freshly paired with junior Harris. The two played well, feeding off each other’s energy and taking the match 8-3.

Both went on to win at first and second singles respectively.

“They both serve well. They play well together at the net; they’re aggressive. They return well and just make a great team,” said Fenwick.

The made-in-heaven matchup, though, has been the team of juniors Riley Michel and Sean Baldwin. Partners since their first year, the duo has developed a real presence on the court.

“They play well together, and are able to anticipate each other’s movements on the court so it made it easy to keep them together because they’re just such a great team,” said Fenwick. “They’ve developed as teammates and as doubles partners and just have the kind of chemistry you’re looking for.”

Though the Cardinals took the meet, the Duhawks are taking these few non-conference games to experiment with the depths of their roster.

“They have some talented guys and a solid lineup, and we just needed one more match; it was a tough one,” said Fenwick. “I think there’s a lot of things we can take away, now we know what we need to work on.”

Moving forward, the team is working toward improving last year’s finish in the IIAC tournament, focusing on daily improvement and focusing small.

“We just want to improve on last year finish; we want to move up from there,” said Fenwick.

The men will next take on Bethany Lutheran this Sunday, Feb. 18, in Waterloo.

 

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