Men’s tennis team stuck in neutral

Another opportunity came and went for the Loras Men’s tennis team to secure their first victory of the season and a monumental one for first year head coach Ryan Troge.

Loras traveled to UW-Eau Claire last Friday, but saw similar results to their earlier matchups. Success was hard to come by as the Duhawks traveled into Wisconsin. No Duhawks were able to get into the win column, as Loras dropped the match 9-0, something that has become a trend for the men so far this season.

The Duhawks were led into the matches by senior Brian Falvey, who along with sophomore Neil Kane, were the only Duhawks who were able to win more than one game in singles play. Falvey joined first-year Zach Atzen for doubles play but the duo fell in straight sets 8-4, 8-1, and 8-0.

“We need to play with the cards we are dealt, and just straight outwork other teams,” said Falvey. “I will never make excuses, but we are faced with certain aspects that we have no control over. If we work hard and keep our heads held high, we will win.”

This now puts the Duhawks at 0-5, 0-2 in conference play. Most definitely not the start they wanted, but there is still a lot of season left for them to correct their mistakes and succeed going forward.

“I feel that we are right on the edge of clicking as a team, and being an absolute threat to the rest of the teams in our conference,” Falvey said. “I have complete faith in our team.”

The team takes a short hiatus before returning to the courts March 21, when they travel to Davenport to take on St. Ambrose.

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