Duhawk tennis battling in conference

photo by Natalie Droeske

This past week, the Loras men’s and women’s tennis programs have seen some tough matches and come up with some solid wins. As the season continues, the men and women are looking to sharpen their skills and use their wins as momentum.

The Loras men took on a tough University of Dubuque Spartans team and fought hard before dropping the match 6-3. With the loss, the men’s four match winning streak was snapped, and they went to 1-1 in conference play. Though the score sheet records a loss for Loras, there were solid performances on the court. No. 3 doubles consisting of seniors Ulises Hernandez and Neil Kane took down their opponents in a 8-4 win, and sophomore Kevin Murphy won at No. 5 singles, continuing his success in his debut season.

The loss to UD would not stall the Duhawks, however, as they went on to defeat Aurora in easy fashion, overtaking them 9-0. No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 doubles pulled away with easy wins, continuing their dominance on the court. Singles play was just as strong, including some 6-1 and 6-0 sets.

Over the weekend, the court was not as clear for the Duhawks as they lost to Luther 9-0. The loss was a roadblock in their momentum, but surely won’t halt the confidence of this Duhawk squad.

“Confidence is going to play a factor as we face some of these tougher teams,” head coach Chad Fenwick said.

And he isn’t wrong, as the Duhawks faced Coe on Tuesday, and anticipates a strong Central squad on April 23.

The women’s team, on the other hand, has been on a solid win streak. Just like the men, the women defeated Aurora, winning 6-3. No. 2 and No. 3 doubles had strong performances for the women, posting significant wins for the Duhawks. In singles play, the women took four of six matches, including huge wins from sophomore Kylie DeWees, who went 6-1, 6-0, and first-year Emma Cooke, who went 6-0, 6-0.

The big win at Aurora gave the women a confident feeling as they went to Glendale, WI to take on Alverno. The women had another strong showing, beating out Alverno by the same margin they did Aurora, 6-3. Once again, No. 2 and No. 3 doubles pulled away with big wins, and singles play was just as impressive. Sophomore Sam Pietruszynski had the biggest win of the day, with a 6-0, 6-0 win over her opponent.

Next up for the Duhawks is a match against Wisconsin Lutheran before they make an appearance at the IIAC team tournament in late April.

Both the men and women have home matches remaining, so don’t forget to go out there and support your Duhawks tennis squad. They’re racking up some big wins and getting stronger as the season continues.

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