Tennis teams volley for bragging rights

The men’s tennis team saw their winning streak come to an end, but still managed to grab two very convincing wins in the past couple of weekends.

The record for the men coming into the week was 9-3 while the women were 13-7.

The first in a stretch of four matches was a tough one to swallow as Loras, suffered a close loss to Bethany Lutheran 5-4. Senior leader Jason Derby continued to add to his impressive season as he won his match along with another singles win from sophomore Riley Michel.

Derby and Michel also took two doubles matches to give Loras four total wins on the day. Just later that Saturday, the Duhawks got back on track by defeating Minnesota Morris 9-0.

In a conference battle last Wednesday, the Duhawks dropped another match at the hands of Wartburg. Despite the team’s loss, Derby continued to be a staple for the Duhawks as he moved to 9-2 on the season at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Sean Baldwin earned the other win for the men’s tennis team.

Similar to the Minnesota trip, the Loras men bounced back in convincing fashion as they dismantled Dominican with another 9-0 clean sweep. After experiencing a couple losses in as many weeks, the Duhawks have shown they know how to recover from defeat. They’ll continue to prove this as they take on Marian and Nebraska Wesleyan this week on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively, here in Dubuque.

The women’s tennis team continues to clean up throughout their spring season. Their Minnesota-themed weekend saw them take down Bethany Lutheran and Minnesota Morris with two clean sweeps to finish a combined 18-0 on the weekend. After a match against Beloit was postponed, they traveled to Knox College and took another match by a score of 7-2. That puts the women’s team at a streak of six in a row now, and they don’t look like they’re going to slow down anytime soon.

“In my mind, I don’t even keep track of what our win streak is at because you always have to come ready to play your best for the next match,” said sophomore Emma Cooke, who has yet to lose a singles match. “Tennis is such a mental game that sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in your own head.”

This seems to encompass the entire tennis program’s attitude. When talking with Jason Derby, Jessica Dickhut, or anyone else affiliated with the program, all have the same mindset. This is especially impressive considering where the Duhawks were just a couple years ago. Coach Fenwick has come in and set a culture that has allowed the Loras Tennis program to excel right away and not let it go to their heads. Here’s to another Duhawks sports team representing Loras College the right way.

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Cruz Fedler is a sports writer for The Lorian.

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