Viking tennis begins MWC season

Andy York

The Lawrence tennis team will begin its MWC season this weekend as they host Carroll and Knox. The Vikings will be competing for a top-two spot in the Northern Division, and a chance to make the MWC tournament held in Madison.
The Vikings got their season off to a rocky start last weekend, losing 7-0 to UW-Oshkosh. Senior Brian Hilgeman was the lone Viking to take his match to three sets in singles, and the second doubles team, Fabrice Munyakazi-Juru and Alex Weck, was the only Vikings team to win a match by a score of 8-3.
The Vikings are strong four-deep this season. Munyakazi-Juru is the first singles player, with Nick Beyler at number two singles. Hilgeman and Weck play number three and four singles respectively. The last two spots in the Vikings lineup are still up for grabs. Currently those spots are held by Nate Kish and Phil Roy, but Ryan Bly, Andy Wolski, and Andy Rozanski will also compete for them over the course of the season.
The doubles teams for the Vikings are similar to last year’s. Hilgeman and Beyler are back for the entire season, and will be playing number one doubles this year. Munyakazi-Juru and Weck are the second doubles team, and then the third doubles spot is open for those same five guys fighting for the last two singles spots.
The Vikings will begin playing outdoors after spring break on the courts behind Hiett Hall.

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