Tennis falls to Grinnell

Stephen Exarhos

The Lawrence University men’s tennis team faced Knox College and Grinnell College at home last weekend.
Knox proved to be an easy opponent, as Lawrence swept them 9-0. Senior Ryan Dunn led the way – as usual – with a resounding 6-0, 6-0 shutout in the number one singles match.
Dunn and his younger brother, freshman Jason also led the way in the doubles matches, taking the number one match by a score of 8-4.
The next day proved to be a different story against a perennially powerful Grinnell team. The Lawrence-Grinnell match carried postseason implications, as both teams are likely to progress and meet again in the conference tournament.
Grinnell’s quality showed through, unfortunately, and the Pioneers won the match by a score of 7-2.
The only victories for Lawrence came in the number one singles and doubles, with the Dunns doing their part. In the singles match, Ryan defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-0, and in the doubles match, the brothers flexed their muscles in an 8-1 win.
Lawrence has improved to 11-8 on the year, but they have yet to face any Midwest Conference opponents from the North Division.
The team will travel to Ripon College to face the Red Hawks Saturday and they will host Beloit College at home 11 a.m. Sunday for their first divisional matches.