Tennis teams dominate opponents on the road

Men’s and women’s teams both shut out Aurora and Beloit
Junior Sean Baldwin returns a serve from his opponent.

The Loras men’s and women’s tennis teams hit the roads to compete over the weekend. The men took on Aurora University on Saturday while the women took on Beloit College Sunday afternoon.

On the men’s side, in the first doubles, Duhawks Jason Derby and Charlie Harris claimed the win 8-2 for their match against Aurora’s Jared Burrow and Joe Mascha.

At No. 2, Loras juniors Riley Michel and Sean Baldwin dominated 8-1. In No. 3 doubles, a pair of Duhawk first-years, Ryan Scheidt and Connor Pivnicka, aced for a win 8-1 against Spartan’s Freeman Rosencrans and Colin Ritchie.

In singles, Derby, Harris, Michel and Baldwin all captured wins in both their rounds of matches. Senior Kevin Murphy shutout his opponent in both of his rounds in his single match against Spartan’s Mascha. Junior Eric Zirzow also dominated his matches for the number six singles 6-1 in the first round and 6-0 in the second.

The Duhawks did not give Aurora a chance, taking the win overall 9-0.

“Everyone is stepping up and doing their job and winning the big points when we need too,” said Zirzow. “It’s very cool to see the program’s success over the past few years and I hope that we continue it.

For the women’s team, the first-year and senior duo of Audrey Hinz and Ayla Graziano dominated their No. 1 doubles match 8-0 against Beloit’s Kiri Youngquist and Emma Hahn.

Juniors Emma Cooke and McKenna Craff captured the No. 2 doubles match 8-3, while first-year Maddie Smith and senior Rachael Molidor was a tight number three match, but they pulled through with the win 8-6.

In the singles, Hinz, Cooke, Craff, and Graziano took control of their matches and won both rounds. First-year Meghann Long had a tough match against Buccaneer’s Youngquist. Long aced the win in the first round 6-3. The second game was close, but Long pulled ahead, breaking the tie breaker and winning the final round 7-6. First-year Franny Roche also hit it hard and was able to take the W in her matches.

The Duhawk women also dominated their opponents overall with a win 9-0.

“With not having a match in over a month it was nice to get back out on the court and compete,” said Cooke. “Meghann Long played an impressive match at number four singles that showed what our team was all about; never stop competing and never giving up even if you go down a break. Staying in there and persevering.”

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