Men’s Tennis completes perfect regular season

Stephen Exarhos

The Lawrence University men’s tennis team completed a perfect run through conference play last week with victories over Carroll University and St. Norbert College.
They first took on the Pioneers from Carroll last Friday, April 23, at home. They entered the match knowing that a win would ensure the team a spot in the conference tournament, and win they did.
The team made short work of Carroll, with Lawrence’s only loss coming in number five singles.
The Lawrence team welcomed back freshman Cooper Smith from a long-term injury as he and sophomore Peter Mohr took the number three doubles match by a score of 8-6.
In the other matches, the Dunn brothers, freshman Jason and Senior Ryan, won their respective singles matches as well as their doubles match.
The final score was an easy 8-1 in favor of Lawrence.
The team then traveled to St. Norbert on Sunday to take on the Green Knights in an exciting conference finale whose victor would be the top seed from the north division in the conference championships.
The Dunn brothers took care of business as usual, providing three vital wins for the squad, and fortunately, the return of Smith at number four singles and number three doubles provided another two wins for the team.
These five wins were enough to scrape by the plucky St. Norbert team by a final score of 5-4.
After such a successful return for Smith, he was honored by the conference as the men’s tennis athlete of the week.
This victory meant that Lawrence reached an immaculate 4-0 in the northern division, securing the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament, where the team will first take on Lake Forest College in the semi-finals Friday in Madison.

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