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4/26 Cobbers Lose to St. Thomas in MIAC
4/26 Cobbers Play St. Thomas in Semis
of the MIAC Tourney.
4/25 Cobbers Upset Carleton in Quarters
of the MIAC Tourney.
Concordia will play St. Thomas in the semifinals of the MIAC tournament on saturday, April 26 at 11:00am at Carleton's Bell Field courts.
4/25 Cobbers Oust Bethel in 1st Round
of the MIAC Tourney.
The Cobbers won five of the six singles matches to advance to the quarterfinals. Concordia will take on Carleton in the second round on Friday, April 25 at 3:00pm at Carleton's Bell Field courts.
Just when things looked like they were going well for Bob Nick's men's tennis team, the gentle southerly breeze turned into a harsh northern gale and the Cobbers find themselves ion the wrong end of a three-match losing streak.
The Cobbers had a chance to position themselves in the upper half of the MIAC before the conference championship meet this past weekend but were tripped up by fellow middle-of-the-packers St. John's and Hamline. Concordia lost 7-2 to St. John's on Saturday and then dropped a heartbreaking 6-3 match to the Pipers on Masters Sunday.
Against St. John's, Concordia won one singles match and one doubles match. Joe Amsberry (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn/ Park Rapids Area HS) continued to be the hottest Cobber tennis player, as he beat Scott Loe of St. John's 6-4, 4-6, (10-6). The win was Amsberry's fourth victory of the season and third in his past four matches. The other point was picked up by the number two doubles team of Jake Thomas (So., Indian Hills, Colo./Conifer HS) and Eric Giga (Jr., Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna HS). Thomas and Giga won 8-6 to improve their season record to 6-3.
Against Hamline, the Cobbers were done in by their singles play. Trailing 2-1 after the doubles matches, Concordia dropped four of the singles matches and lost 6-3. Thomas and Giga polished off their second straight doubles opponents by winning 8-0. They also accounted for the two singles victories. Thomas won at the number one singles spot to improve to improve to 7-3 on the year, and Giga easily beat Ben Krueger of Hamline 6-1, 6-2 .
The Cobbers will play have a two-week break before they compete at the MIAC Championship Tournament on April 25 and 26 in Northfield, Minn.
The Concordia men's tennis team split their matches last weekend. The Cobbers prevailed in a hard-fought 5-4 decision over Macalester and were beaten by St. Thomas 8-1.
In the match against Macalester, the outcome of the match came down to the number three singles match between Concordia's Todd Scearcy (Sr., Spicer, Minn./New Londo-Spicer HS) and the Scots' David Yesilevskiy. Scearcy rallied from down one set to win the match 4-6, 7-5, (11-9) to give Concordia the overall victory. Scearcy saved several match points in the second set and finally won in the super-tie breaker. Other winners for Bob Nick's team included Jake Thomas (So., Indian Hills, Colo./Conifer HS), Eric Giga (Jr., Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna HS) and Joe Amsberry (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn/ Park Rapids Area HS) in singles, and the doubles team of Justin Berg (Sr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) and Kyle Knudson (Fr., St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Tech HS).
On Sunday, Concordia ran into the upstart Tommie squad and lost 8-1. The lone win for the Cobbers came at the number one singles match where Thomas beat St. Thomas' Matt Kramer 6-3, 3-6, (10-7). Thomas is currently 6-1 in the MIAC at number one singles and is tied with nationally-ranked Kevin Whipple of Gustavus for the best record in the league.
The Cobbers will play at St. John's on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00pm and then host Hamline on Sunday, April 13 at 2:00pm.
The Cobber men's tennis team accomplished a rare feat over the weekend. Although Concordia lost to NCAA powerhouse Gustavus on Friday, the Cobbers were able to win two individual matches and ended up dropping the overall match by only a five-point margin at 7-2. To put the score into perspective, that is the most single match wins against the Gusties since the late 1970's when the Concordia Sports Information Department started keeping track of tennis statistics. Since the 1980's, the Cobbers have avoided being shutout against Gustavus only three other times.
In their match on Friday, baseball pitcher turned tennis standout Justin Berg (Sr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) kept his unbeaten singles streak alive by beating the Gusties' Ben Hageseth 0-6, 6-4, 10-4. Hageseth was previously unbeaten on the year with a record of 6-0. Berg's dramatic comeback stretched his season record in the number five singles spot to 5-0. The other match winner for Concordia was the doubles tandem of Jake Thomas (So., Indian Hills, Colo./Conifer HS) and Eric Giga (Jr., Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna HS). Thomas and Giga won their match 8-6 over the Gustavus doubles team of Matt Narr and Pete Scwhingler. Schwingler and Narr had a 5-0 record entering the match.
On Saturday, the tennis team traveled to Brookings, South Dakota to take on South Dakota State. Using the momentum gained in their match against Gustavus, the Cobbers downed the NCAA Division II affiliate 6-3. The team was 4-2 in singles matches and 2-1 in doubles. Berg remained unbeaten as he won 6-0, 6-3. The other singles winners for the Cobbers were Joe Amsberry (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn./Park Rapids HS), Todd Scearcy (Sr., Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer HS) and Eric Giga. Berg teamed with Kyle Knudson (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Clous Tech HS) to win their doubles match 8-6 and the number two doubles team of Thomas and Giga won 8-2 to improve their overall season record to 5-1.
Concordia will travel to the Twin Cities this weekend for an MIAC doubleheader.
They will play at Macalester on Saturday, April 5 at 1:00pm and then at
St. Thomas on Sunday, April 6 at 10:00am.
3/29 Cobbers Beat NCAA II Affiliate
South Dakota State 6-3.
3/28 Cobbers Win 2 Matches but Fall
to NCAA-Power Gustavus.
3/22 Cobbers Cruise Past Bethel 8-1.
Concordia rolled through the opening doubles matches, taking all three, and cruised to an 8-1 win over Bethel.
All three doubles teams for Concordia started off quickly, and went on to establish wins which staked the Cobbers to a 3-0 lead. The number one doubles team of Joe Amsberry (Sr., Park Rapids, Minn.) and Todd Scearcy (Sr., Spicer, Minn.) won their first doubles match of the year as they collected an 8-4 win over Anthony Branitski and Joe Dutcher.
In singles competition, Concordia won the first five matches to establish an 8-0 lead with only one match to play. The best match of the day featured Concordia's Joe Amsberry, who rallied from one set down to win 10-8 in the super set tie-breaker. Amsberry, playing in the number two singles spot, lost the first set 6-2 to Bethel's Branitski before winning the second set 6-3 which set up the decisive super set. The win was Amsberry's first singles victory of the season.
Jake Thomas (So., Indian Hills, Colo.) continued his hot streak by beating Nick Scheevel 6-2, 6-2 in the number one singles match. Thomas is now 4-0 on the season and has only lost two sets all year.
Concordia will travel to St. Peter, Minn. to play perennial national power Gustavus on Friday, March 28 at 3:30pm. The Cobbers will continue on to play at South Dakota State on Saturday, March 29 at 6:00pm.
3/16 Cobbers Beat St. Mary's 7-2.
2/23 Cobbers Lose to Carleton 6-3.
2/22 Cobbers Lose to St. Olaf 5-4.
2/13 Cobber Tennis Schedule for 2003
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