Tennis teams prepare for Iowa Conference Tournament
Early April saw the men’s tennis continue its exceptional spring season as it claimed their first 10-win season since 2001 with a victory over Marian.
The Duhawks continue to be led by senior Jason Derby and junior Kevin Murphy who moved to 10-3 as a doubles tandem. Not to far behind them are sophomores Riley Michel and Sean Baldwin who reached nine wins on the year.
Arguably the biggest match of the season to this point came a couple weeks later as they took on the school up the street. It was a close match but Derby claimed his 14th victory of the season at No. 1 singles and led the men’s team to a 5-4 win over the other school in town. Michel also picked up his seventh win in his past ten matches. Posting the 12th victory of the season, a valuable part of the squad is head coach Chad Fenwick.
“Coach Fenwick is an absolutely huge part of our success from both a recruiting standpoint and a skill development standpoint … The practice activities consist of two main things: Drills to improve our skill sets and point play to help those skills translate to match situations,” said Derby.
The men then traveled west to take on Central and Simpson. Despite the split, Derby continued his excellence with his 15th and 16th wins of the season. To wrap up their season at home, the Loras men took on Luther on April 25.
The women’s tennis team continue to meet the men’s team match for match as they keep on their winning streak.
“Our team dynamic is different than most teams. Since we only have seven women on the team, we all have bonded throughout the fall season and the spring season,” said senior Jessica Dickhut, “Right now we are working on a lot of things to help us for the first round of the conference tournament, one important aspect is our doubles strategy; we are calling plays and then executing them. “
In a 9-0 thrashing of Concordia, junior Emma Cooke improved to 15-2 and Dickhut ran her winning streak to six games. Loras then proceeded to take on Monmouth and grabbed another 9-0 win to finish with a total of 15 wins. Cooke reached win number 20 and the No. 1 doubles team of junior Kylie DeWees and Dickhut picked up another victory. The women will play in the Iowa Conference Team Tournament in Decorah this weekend and will open against UD.