GLENDALE, Wis. – Beginning the night by taking two out of three doubles matches proved to be the difference as the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Tennis team defeated Lawrence University, 5-4, in non-conference action Friday at the Paley Tennis Center.
Despite playing without senior Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.), the Falcons normal No. 1 singles player, CUW was able to get the win over Lawrence. It started with the two doubles victories, including a No. 1 doubles win by senior Skip Turner (Eau Claire, Wis.) and junior Benjamin Nommensen (Waupaca, Wis.). That duo rolled to an 8-3 victory.
Also winning in doubles play was the pair of senior Tanner Hahn (Reedsburg, Wis.) and junior Steven Fritz (Berwyn, Ill.). They gained a hard fought 8-5 win, giving the Falcons a one-point edge heading into the six singles matches.
The Falcons (1-3) did what they needed to in singles play, splitting the six matches for the 5-4 win. Turner was the only CUW player to win in straight sets, dominating at the No. 1 spot with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Lawrence (1-3) would roll at No. 2 at No. 3 singles with straight set victories and also gained a narrow win at No. 4 singles as senior Garrett Wells (Aurora, Ill.) fell in a heartbreaking third-set tiebreaker. The decisive third set went in favor of CUW at No. 5 and No. 6 as junior Robert Spiering (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and senior Ryan Buffamonte (Kenosha, Wis.) picked up key victories.
Spiering and Buffamonte had similar matches, both players dropping the opening set before taking the second set to force the tiebreaker. Spiering had a battle (10-6) in his tiebreak, while Buffamonte cruised (10-2) to help CUW to victory.
The Falcons will be back in action Wednesday night when they host Cardinal Stritch University at the Paley Tennis Center. The match is set for an 8 p.m. start.