Men's Tennis wins third-consecutive NAC title, advances to NCAAs

KOHLER, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin won its third-consecutive Northern Athletics Conference Championship on Saturday night with a 5-0 victory over second-seeded MSOE at Kohler Sports Core. The Falcons earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship with the title victory.

The Falcons defeated fifth-seeded Edgewood College, 5-0, earlier in the day to advance to the title match. CUW (16-9) has won six of the past seven NAC Championships and has given up just two points since the league changed to the team tournament format in 2011.

CUW took a commanding 3-0 lead against MSOE after doubles play and swept through singles competition. The duo of senior Taylor Shaffer (Stoughton, Wis.) and junior Skip Turner (Eau Claire, Wis.) blanked their No. 1 doubles opposition 8-0 to give the Falcons momentum.

NAC Player of the Year Russell Johnson (senior, Monticello, Wis.) defeated his No. 1 singles opponent 6-2, 6-2 and junior Antoine Leon (Essonne, France) won the final point needed with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles against the Raiders.

The Falcons shutdown the No. 5 Eagles with a convincing 5-0 win during the tournament semifinals. The doubles combination of Shaffer and Turner took an 8-3 decision at No. 1 to propel CUW in front. With a 3-0 advantage, Turner shutdown his No. 2 singles competitor 6-2, 6-1, while junior Tanner Hahn (Reedsburg, Wis.) won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to close out the win.

The Falcons finished the NAC regular season with a perfect 9-0 record, while head coach Tom Weber earned NAC Coach of the Year honors.

CUW will wait for the NCAA's announcement with the playing date, time, location and opponent, which will be posted on

Concordia Wisconsin 5, MSOE 0
05/04/13 at Kohler, Wis. (Kohler Sports Core)

Singles competition
1. Johnson, Russell (CUW) def. Klamrowski, Eric (MSOE) 6-2, 6-2
2. Turner, Skip (CUW) vs. Dam, Zachary (MSOE) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
3. Shaffer, Taylor (CUW) vs. Slaughter, Matthew (MSOE) 6-3, 3-0, unfinished
4. Leon, Antoine (CUW) def. Scarpelli, Jeff (MSOE) 6-4, 6-2
5. Hahn, Tanner (CUW) vs. Delfanian, Reekah (MSOE) 6-4, 1-2, unfinished
6. Jones, Terry (CUW) vs. Kosasih, Andrew (MSOE) 6-1, 2-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Shaffer, Taylor/Turner, Skip (CUW) def. Matsuura, Nick/Klamrowski, Eric (MSOE) 8-0
2. Johnson, Russell/Jones, Terry (CUW) def. Dam, Zachary/Slaughter, Matthew (MSOE) 8-5
3. Leon, Antoine/Wells, Garrett (CUW) def. Scarpelli, Jeff/Delfanian, Reekah (MSOE) 8-6

Match Notes
MSOE 8-12
Concordia Wisconsin 16-9
Northern Athletics Conference Tournament Championship

Concordia Wisconsin 5, Edgewood 0
05/04/13 at Kohler, Wis. (Kohler Sports Core)

Singles competition
1. Johnson, Russell (CUW) vs. Lagman, Patrick (EC) 1-6, 4-4, unfinished
2. Turner, Skip (CUW) def. Gavinski, Eric (EC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Shaffer, Taylor (CUW) vs. Morgan, Tim (EC) 6-2, 0-5, unfinished
4. Leon, Antoine (CUW) vs. Wanta, Michael (EC) 6-1, 2-5, unfinished
5. Hahn, Tanner (CUW) def. Pratscher, Ben (EC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Jones, Terry (CUW) vs. Janusek, Michael (EC) 6-4, 5-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Shaffer, Taylor/Turner, Skip (CUW) def. Gavinski, Eric/Lagman, Patrick (EC) 8-3
2. Johnson, Russell/Jones, Terry (CUW) def. Morgan, Tim/Wanta, Michael (EC) 8-4
3. Leon, Antoine/Wells, Garrett (CUW) def. Janusek, Michael/Pratscher, Ben (EC) 8-6

Match Notes
Edgewood 8-24
Concordia Wisconsin 15-9
Northern Athletics Conference Tournament Semifinal
Official: Vigo, Schlei, Schlei T-2:07