The men’s tennis team has been working hard, honing their skills and racking up some wins. After some serious competition in Hilton Head, SC, the men took the experience and translated it into four wins following the spring break trip.
In Hilton Head, the men’s team took on strong programs, facing North Central, Greenville and Millikin. The men put up a strong fight against North Central, narrowly dropping the match 5-4. The following matches did not go as well for the Loras men, as they dropped both matches against Greenville and Millikin 9-0.
This is not to say that all was lost in the trip to South Carolina, as junior Jason Derby and first-year Kevin Murphy won their doubles match and first-year Sean Baldwin showed a solid performance against North Central in his first spring break competition. Despite the tough loses faced in Hilton Head, the Duhawks took their competitive experience and used it to begin a dominating streak that is still alive.
Since being back from spring break, the Loras men have gone on a competitive tear, building up a four-game win streak with more to come. The win streak began in the first game of April, as the men took down Dominican with an 8-1 victory. The following day, Loras competed against Knox, whom they beat nearly as handily 7-2.
The toughest win of this streak came against Buena Vista, whom Loras edged out 5-4. The win was decided within doubles competition, where the second doubles team won convincingly, and third doubles came back from a 5-2 deficit, going on a 6-1 run and winning the match. This match was an especially big win for the Duhawks, as it marked the first conference win of the season and the first conference win for the men since 2013.
When asked what this start to conference play meant for the team.
“It’s a promising start for the team. Hopefully this conference win translates into more and our streak keeps us feeling strong going into competition,” coach Fenwick said.
The most recent win of the streak came against Marian in Fond du Lac, WI, with the Duhawks taking an 8-1 win. For the most part, the Duhawks have been winning convincingly ever since returning from Hilton Head, and the hot streak they’ve been on could very well influence their performance at conference.
Up next for the Duhawks comes the true test: conference play. Matchups against Dubuque, Luther, Coe, Central and Simpson await the Duhawks. With one conference win already under their belt, the team looks to add a couple more to its resume.
“We have some tough conference play ahead, including matchups against Dubuque and Coe. We have some experience with playing teams at their skill level, so hopefully we can take what we learned from them and apply it to our future matches,” Fenwick said.
With the experience on top of the current hot streak, the Duhawk men look to make a new wave within the conference. Almost every conference game is played at Loras, so home-field advantage could be a key factor to the team’s success.