Men’s Tennis comes close to weekend sweep

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The men's tennis team (8-4) rebounded with a decisive 8-1 win over the Milwaukee School of Engineering (0-7) on Saturday, after dropping a close 5-4 loss to Concordia University (2-4) in Glendale, Wis. on Friday, to earn a weekend split on the road against two perennial Northern Atlantic Conference programs.

With the Saturday win, the team is now one win away from tripling its win total from last season.

Against the Raiders, the Bulldogs swept doubles play and claimed singles wins at No.1, No. 3, No. 4, No.5, and No. 6.

Winning at No. 1 doubles was Jordan Verbauwhede and Michael Mertz (8-2), while Cameron Hamilton and Alex Amos claimed No. 2 doubles (8-1), and Ryan Delacy and Spencer Georgetti finished the sweep at No.3 doubles (8-2).

Verbauwhede (6-7,6-1,10-7), Mertz (6-0,6-0), Hamilton (6-2,6-4), Amos (6-0,6-1), and Georgetti (6-1,6-3) were all winners in singles play at No.1, No.3, No.4, No.5 and No.6, respectively.

"The guys rebounded well against MSOE and came out with some fire after losing a close match the previous day," said head men's tennis coach Adam Albertsen.

"MSOE played a different style than we saw against Concordia and I feel we responded great. Michael Mertz and Alex Amos had great weekends winning all of their singles matches. Also, it was great to see us bounce back after a tough loss and put the Concordia match behind us. It was a team effort from top to bottom and a great win."

The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to the Falcons the night before the decisive MSOE win. After emerging with a 2-1 lead at doubles play, Adrian held the lead until the final two singles matches were completed and lost 5-4. One of those final two matches (No.1 singles) went to a thrilling tiebreaker.

"We played a very strong match against Concordia and had our chances to grab a win, but could not pull out that final team point. Concordia came out and played smart and made us work for every point. This match hurt, but will help our young team in the long run and should be a great learning experience," said Albertsen.

In doubles play, both pairings of Hamilton/Amos pair and Delacy/Georgetti won by 8-2 scores at the No.2 and No.3 spots, respectively.

In singles play, Mertz and Amos won decisively with a combined 24-5 edge in games at No. 3 and No. 5 singles play, respectively. Mertz had a tremendous weekend. After dropping his first game of singles competition against Concordia he went on to win 24 consecutive games.

The men's team next travels to Ohio to take on Central State for a 3 p.m. match next Wedneday, March 27th.