GLENDALE, Wis. – May 10, 2010. That was the date the last time the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Tennis team lost a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference regular season match before Saturday. After 31 straight wins, Edgewood College snapped that streak with a 5-4 win over the Falcons at the Paley Tennis Center.
The day started off well for the Falcons as they cruised past Marian University, 9-0. In that match CUW won at No. 5 and 6 singles, as well as No. 3 doubles by default, as Marian only competed with four players.
Edgewood and CUW had tremendous battles in several matches. Both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles contests went to a third set, with the two teams splitting those. Senior Skip Turner (Eau Claire, Wis.) gained the No. 2 singles win for the Falcons, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4).
EC would then win at No. 3 and 4 singles, with the latter of those two featuring two close sets, both needing a seventh point to decide a winner. The Falcons would gain wins at No. 5 and 6 singles from juniors Robert Spiering (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Steven Fritz (Berwyn, Ill.). Fritz was in control throughout his match, not dropping a point and winning 6-0, 6-0.
The difference in the streak-breaking match came in doubles play where Edgewood gained wins in two out of three. The Falcons lone doubles win came from the No. 3 team of Spiering and Fritz (8-0).
In the four singles matches played against Marian, CUW was dominant in dropping a total five points. Senior Russell Johnson (Monticello, Minn.) won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles for the Falcons. Turner reversed that score with a 6-1, 6-0 win at the No. 2 spot, while junior Benjamin Nommensen (Waupaca, Wis.) posted the same score at No. 3. Spiering also had little trouble at No. 4 singles, winning 6-1, 6-0.
CUW (9-11, 4-1 NACC) will look to begin a new streak Tuesday when they visit MSOE. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m.