GLENDALE, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Tennis team was edged by Adrian College, 5-4, in non-conference action Friday night at the Paley Tennis Center. The Falcons split the singles matches but dropped two out of three in doubles play.
Senior Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.) was 2-0 on the evening for the Falcons as he won at No. 1 singles and doubles. Johnson picked up a thrilling 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) victory in his No. 1 singles match. He opened the night with a win at No. 1 doubles, pairing with senior Skip Turner (Eau Claire, Wis.). Johnson and Turner battled to an 8-6 win in doubles play.
Also gaining win in singles action for CUW were juniors Benjamin Nommensen (Waupaca, Wis.) and Robert Spiering (Wauwatosa, Wis.). Nommenson needed a tiebreaker at No. 4 singles as he rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (14-12) victory. Spiering rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 straight sets win at No. 6 singles.
Adrian (7-3) would win the remaining singles matches and gained two wins in doubles play for the 5-4 victory. The No. 2 singles match went to three sets and No. 3 doubles was a 9-7 decision as the match was tight throughout the evening.
CUW (1-6) will return to action March 24, beginning its spring break trip in Hilton Head, S.C. The Falcons will play five matches over five days, beginning with a match against St. Thomas.