Sports Shorts

Vikings tennis swept by Coe, Grinnell

The Lawrence University tennis team is feeling the loss of two of its regular players to study trips. This past weekend the Vikings were defeated by Coe 7-0 and then, in their first match without Dan Putterman and Brian Hilgeman, lost 7-0 to conference rival Grinnell. Against Coe, Jai Arora was the only Viking to put any pressure on his opponent at all. Arora lost the first set 7-5, and then the second 6-1. No other Viking won more than two games from a Coe opponent.

Grinnell did just was well, sweeping the Vikings on their home court. LU has a huge match this Sunday at St. Norbert to determine the seeding for the Midwest Conference Tournament next weekend in Madison. With a win, LU would take on Lake Forest in the semifinals of the three-day tournament; with a loss, the Vikings would have a rematch against Grinnell.

LU track fairs well at UWSP

The Vikings track and field teams did fairly well at the UWSP Invitational this past weekend. The men took fifth place and the women sixth, out of eight and nine teams respectfully.

The men had some impressive individual showings. Adrell Bullock took home a fifth place finish for the Vikings in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.5 seconds. He finished fourth in the 200 as well. The men’s 4×400 relay team took home second place honors. The Vikings, most impressively, swept the top two spots in the triple jump. Nate Semenak took first and Kolade Agbaje-Williams took second place.

The women also faired very well. Courtney Miller took a pair of third place finishes in the 800 and the 1500, back to Appleton. The Vikings will be competing at the Elmhurst College Invitational this weekend.

Vikings golf team hits the road.

The LU men’s golf team is hitting the road this weekend, trying to play better than they did two weekends ago after taking home a disappointing 14th in the Concordia tournament. The Vikings will not have an easy task, as for the next two weekends they will be facing stiff competition. This weekend the Vikings are going to Storm Lake, Iowa, to play in the Buena Vista University Invitational. Buena Vista is of course where the LU men’s basketball team won its first ever NCAA Tournament road game in March.

Next weekend the Vikings will go north to play in the Gustavus Adolphus Gustie Classic. The Vikings will face off against many of the Midwest’s top teams, including their number-one-ranked-nationally hosts, Gustavus.