Tennis dominates in Wisconsin

By Sara Backus

The Men’s tennis team went 2-0 in Wisconsin on Saturday against St. Norbet College and Ripon College. Against St. Norbert, the men swept all six singles positions to start the match: Kevin Blomquist (6-2, 6-1), Riley Collins (7-5, 4-6, 10-7), Tommy Linkenheld (6-4, 6-1), Konnor Barth (6-4, 6-2), Connor Pivnicka (6-2, 6-2), and Eian Code (6-4, 6-3). And with one win at 3 doubles Pivnicka/Linkenheld (8-6), the men finished 7-2 in their first competition of the day.

With an even better performance, the men started their second match of the day with three wins at doubles from Blomquist/Barth (8-1), Linkenheld/Pivnicka (8-1), and Joe Schneider/Coad (8-1). Winning all the doubles matches, the team went into the singles portion up 3-0. Only dropping one match in singles, the men finished their Saturday with five wins on the singles side from Collins (6-7, 6-1, 10-7), Barth (6-3, 6-0), Coad (6-3, 6-1), Schneider (6-0, 6-2), and Sean Gelski (6-0, 6-0). Finishing 8-1, they looked to continue their success Sunday in Winona, MN.

In an intense match up against St. Mary’s University, the men fell to the Cardinals (4-5). Finding the winning sides to these nail biting matches were #1 doubles team Blomquist/Barth (8-7, 13-11), #3 doubles team Linkenheld/Pivnicka (8-3), #1 singles Blomquist (7-5, 6-4), and Linkenheld (3-6, 6-2, 11-9).

Now, 3-2 in the spring season, the men travel to Mount Vernon, Iowa this Saturday for some great matches against Cornell College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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