Men's Tennis opens NACC play with wins over Rockford, Aurora

Men's Tennis opens NACC play with wins over Rockford, Aurora

Beginning a quest for a fourth straight Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference regular season title, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Tennis team gained wins over Rockford University and Aurora University Saturday. The Falcons swept RU by a 9-0 score before beating AU, 6-3.

CUW has now won 29 consecutive NACC regular season matches. The Falcons are now 56-2 in conference regular season matches since the league began prior to the 2007 spring season.

The Falcons opened the day by cruising past Rockford, not dropping a set in singles play. CUW gained three wins via forfeit (No. 5, 6 singles, No. 3 doubles) against the Regents as well.

CUW then followed that with a win over Aurora where wins in five of six during doubles play proved to be the difference.

Senior Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.) finished the day 4-0 gaining two wins at No. 1 singles, one at No. 1 doubles and one at No. 2 doubles. His singles wins were by scores of 6-1, 6-3 (RU) and 6-2, 6-1 (AU). Johnson partnered with senior Skip Turner (Eau Claire, Wis.) at No. 1 singles against Aurora and then with senior Tanner Hahn (Reedsburg, Wis.) for an 8-0 doubles win over Rockford.

In the opener against Rockford, freshman Trevor Budewitz (Watertown, Wis.), junior Robert Spiering (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and senior Ryan Buffamonte (Kenosha, Wis.) all gained wins at No. 2-4 singles in straight sets. The duo of senior Garrett Wells (Aurora, Ill.) and junior Benjamin Nommensen (Waupaca, Wis.) were the Falcons winners at No. 1 singles by an 8-3 score.

In the win over the Spartans, Turner gained a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles while Nommensen followed suit at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win. Wells and Spiering rounded out the Falcons singles lineup with wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

CUW (7-10, 2-0 NACC) will return to action Wednesday when visit Lakeland for a conference matchup. Play is set to begin at 4 p.m.