Men’s and Women’s Tennis Host Concordia

Dylan Zimmerman
dzimmerman@css.edu

The College of St. Scholastica men’s and women’s tennis teams took on Concordia College-Moorhead Saturday afternoon, hosting the Cobbers at the Duluth Indoor Sports Center. For the men’s team, the match against the Cobbers marked the season opener. For the women, however, they were battling Concordia with an 0-1 record after falling to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in their opener.

Much like the women in their season opener, the men fell as well by a score of 8-1 in favor of Concordia Saturday afternoon. In doubles the Saints were swept by the Cobbers, with the scores of the three matches reading 8-3, 8-3, and 8-4.

Only two of the six Saints competing in the individual matches managed to win a set. In his collegiate debut, Elliot Schneider took down his opponent at the No. 2 spot by scores of 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for Schneider, kicking off his career 1-0 individually but 0-1 as a teammate.

“It’s always a good feeling to get a win, and it being my first match in college made it pretty memorable,” said Schneider. “The most important thing though is to keep the team in mind, so any time I can get a win and contribute to the success of the team, it’s going to feel good.”

Bryce Gadke was the other Saint to win a match, as he also forced a tiebreaker in the season opener. After starting his first two matches much like Schneider with scores of 7-6 (7-5), Gadke fell in the third and final set by a score of 6-3 at the No. 3 spot.

Although the men’s team didn’t find the success they were looking for, the women managed to do so with a well deserved 7-2 win over the Cobbers.

After doubles play the Saints held a 2-1 advantage over Concordia. The No. 2 team of Katelyn Rice and Elizabeth Fink won by a score of 8-3, while the No. 3 team of Emma Bartels and Syd Hold took away an 8-4 victory.

The Saints dominated the singles competition, winning five out of the six matches. Rice and Fink, after working together to earn a victory, each won at the individual level as well. Taylor Hays and Alexia Brascugli each won at the No. 5 and No. 6 spot, respectively. However the most impressive performance of the day came at the No. 4 spot from Sarah Coryell, who won by a score of 6-0, 6-1.

The win was definitely nice for the women’s team, but they aren’t going to dwell on the overall results of matches this early in the year.

“Our win against Concordia helped boost our confidence, but this early in the season we are still trying to get in the swing of things,” said Coryell. “One loss or one win doesn’t affect us much yet, as all of our matches help us get ready for the UMAC tournament.”

“As a team I feel we are all reflecting on what went wrong and what went right against both UMD and Concordia this past weekend to better ourselves for upcoming matches,” said Hays. “There were good and bad things in both matches, and after the opening weekend I think we all have a sense of what we need to work
on as a team at practice this week.”

Both teams will be back in action once again in Duluth this upcoming weekend, as they take on St. Mary’s University at the Duluth Indoor Sports Center on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m.