Cloudy skies greet LU tennis -dlh

Peter Griffith

Viking Tennis has tough weekend
The men’s tennis team had a tough weekend, losing matches to UW-Whitewater and Winona State. The two losses push LU’s record to 3-4 overall. The Vikings are 0-3 on the road this season.
The Vikings opened the day against Winona State, a DII school. Fabrice Munyakazi-Juru and Brian Hilgeman both had good outings, and the Vikings number one doubles team of Hilgeman and Nick Beyler won their match, but the DII Warriors won the other two doubles matches and took the overall match 7-0.
It only got marginally easier for the Vikings, as UW-Whitewater, currently ranked 11th in the region, was next. The Vikings fell 6-1, with their one win coming from Beyler, who defeated UW-W’s Matt Griffiths 6-0, 6-2. Hilgeman played his first set against Greg Isermann very close, but was unable to win a tiebreaker and fell in the second set as well. Saturday was the first time Lawrence has played outdoors all year.
The Vikings return home next weekend for a pair of Midwest Conference matches. Monmouth comes to town on Friday and perennial powerhouse Ripon as well as Lakeland College visit on Saturday.