KOHLER, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Tennis team rolled to a pair of Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference victories Saturday against Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago. The Falcons started the day off with an 8-1 win over DU before routing CUC, 9-0, in match number two.
Senior Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.) did not drop a set in either of his singles matches on Saturday. Johnson rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win against CUC, while winning his first set 6-0 against Dominican as well. He then found himself up 4-0 in the second set against the Stars top player before his opponent retired from the match.
Senior Skip Turner (Eau Claire, Wis.) was also dominant for the Falcons winning his matches by scores of 6-1, 6-1 (CUC) and 6-3, 6-2 (DU). Turner also paired with Johnson at No. 1 singles in both matches as they rolled to 8-1 and 8-2 wins, respectively.
Three other Falcons went 3-0 in singles play on Saturday, including junior Benjamin Nommensen (Waupaca, Wis.). Nommensen played in the No. 4 singles position against Dominican, winning 6-2, 6-4 before moving up to the No. 3 slot against CUC. There, Nommensen would gain a 6-0, 6-1 win.
Senior Garrett Wells (Aurora, Ill.) also went 2-0 in singles play, winning at No. 4 singles against CUC and No. 5 singles against the Stars. Wells matches finished with scores of 6-1, 6-1 (DU) and 6-1, 6-0 (CUC). Wells and Nommensen also played as the Falcons No. 2 doubles team in both matches and did not drop a point, winning 8-0 in each match.
Freshman Robert Spiering (Wauwatosa, Wis.) earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over his Dominican opponent at No. 6 singles and also picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles against CUC. Junior Steven Fritz (Berwyn, Ill.) round out the Falcons singles lineup in the CUC match, winning 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.
Fritz and senior Tanner Hahn (Reedsburg, Wis.) paired up for a pair of No. 3 doubles wins for CUW. That duo downed the Cougar's No. 3 team, 8-4 and began the day with an 8-1 win over the Stars third team.
CUW (12-12, 7-2 NACC) will await the rest of the day's results to find out their NACC Tournament seeding. The Falcons most likely scenario now is the No. 3 seed, meaning they would open NACC Tournament play Monday at home against CUC. If CUW somehow jumped up to a top-two seed they would earn a bye into next Saturday's semifinals.