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The Men's Tennis team ended their fall season by playing in the Grand Valley State University Invitational. The highlight of the weekend, was Alex Tarnow winning the C Singles Flight, picking up a win over Davenport and 2 wins over Grand Valley along the way. All told, every Cornerstone player picked up at least one win in either singles or doubles in the tournament.
Next up for Cornerstone is a dual match with Grand Valley State University on February 8, 2014.
Cornerstone Men's Tennis took to the courts today for a double header at Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University. Today was the last day of dual matches for the fall season, and CU hoped to add to their 2 match winning streak and finish the fall season strong. Cornerstone got off to a quick start against Taylor easily winning at #1 & #2 Doubles, and then dominating 5 of the 6 singles matches, winning all of them in straight sets. Getting singles wins today were Elijah Yi, Chris Reed, John Andrew, Andrew Son, and Alex Tarnow.
Cornerstone then made the short trip for a matchup against Crossroads League Co-Champion Indiana Wesleyan. IWU took the early lead, winning at #3 Doubles. CU evened the match when Elijah Yi & Austin Hunt defeated ITA Midwest Regional Finalists Kyle Johnson & Brandon Dubuque 8-4 at #1 Doubles. The all-important second doubles point was hotly contested at #2 Doubles, where Chris Reed & Andrew Son ultimately prevalied in a lengthy and dramatic 8-6 tie-breaker to win the match 9-8. Cornerstone headed into singles energized by the success in doubles and started strong, winning first sets on 4 of the 6 courts. IWU evened the match when Kyle Johnson defeated Elijah Yi at #1 Singles and took the lead when Gavin Smith defeated Austin Hunt at #3 Singles. Chris Reed then evened the match, defeating Brandon Dubuque at #2 Singles. With the team match tied at 3-3, IWU won the second sets on the 3 remaining courts, meaning the match would come down to the third sets at 4, 5, & 6 singles. All 3 Cornerstone players were fighting serious fatigue, playing in thrid sets in their fourth match of the day, but were reminded of all conditioning that went into preparing for this moment. John Andrew struck first, winning his third set 6-3 at #4 Singles. Left on the court were Andrew Son and Alex Tarnow, who were both engaged in hotly contested matches. Tarnow then clinched the match for Cornerstone, breaking late to win 6-3 in the third. Andrew Son was serving for his match at 5-2 in the third set, had 2 match points in the game, but was broken. That set went all the way to a tie-breaker, where both players had match points, but Son ultimately prevailed 9-7, securing the 6-3 win for Cornerstone.
Said Coach Erickson on today's action: "This was a great day for us, and I couldn't be more proud of this team. Not only did we get 2 wins and extend our winning streak to 4, but I was proud of both the way that we played and of the way that we handled ourselves. We have shown serious growth both in our tennis and in our maturity just in the last 2 weeks, and that makes me more happy than anything else. Of course, we are especially happy to beat Indiana Wesleyan, because they won their conference regular season and are a very good team. We have a lot of respect for their program, so this was a nice win for us. Additionally, this was the perfect way for us to end our fall dual match season. Hopefully we can use this momentum as we head into the offseason to fuel our desire to continue to work hard on our conditioning, which certainly paid off today."
Up next for Cornerstone is the GVSU Invitational tournament on October 4-5. Cornerstone is finished with dual matches for the fall, with the next one coming February 8 against Grand Valley State University.
In tennis action today at Orchard Hills, the Cornerstone Men's Tennis Team improved their record to 4-2 with a 5-4 win over Adrian College. Cornerstone started slow in doubles, only winning at the #2 position, with Chris Reed and Andrew Son picking up the 8-6 win. But Cornerstone bounced back in singles, winning 4 of the 6 singles matches to seal the 5-4 victory. Winning for Cornerstone in singles was Elijah Yi, Chris Reed, Andrew Son, and Alex Tarnow. Said Coach Erickson on today's action: "We are very glad to get the win, because today was not even close to our best tennis. We have a lot that we need to clean up, especially in doubles. Hopefully we do it soon, because we have a tough double header this weekend with Taylor & Indiana Wesleyan, and we are going to need to be a lot better than we were today. Still, I'm proud of our guys for gutting out the win even when we weren't playing our best."
Cornerstone finishes the dual match portion of their fall season this weekend with a double header against Taylor and (RV) Indiana Wesleyan on September 28. Indiana Wesleyan won a share of the Crossroads League Championship.
In tennis action today at East Hills Athletic Club, the Cornerstone Men's Tennis Team improved their record to 2-3 with a 5-4 win over NCAA Div. II Lake Superior State University. In doubles play, all 3 matches were very closely contested, all finishing with a match 8-6 score. However, Cornerstone fell short at 1 & 2 doubles, but picked up a crucial point with the #3 doubles combination of Alex Tarnow & John Andrew. Knowing there was little margin for error in singles, Cornerstone would have to win 4 of those 6 matches to win the match, which was exactly what they ended up doing. Winning for Cornerstone in singles was Elijah Yi, Chris Reed, Andrew Son, and Alex Tarnow. Said Coach Erickson on today's action: "This was our second 5-4 match of the very young year, so it was very nice to come out on the winning side today. Plus, it broke a 3 match losing streak, which will help get our season back on track. I was very pleased with the way we played today. We were solid all around, which we needed to be to beat this team. We are heading into the last week of dual matches for the fall, so hopefully this win can jump start us to finish the season strong."
Next up for Cornerstone is Adrian College on Wednesday September 25 at Orchard Hills Swim & Sports Club.
In tennis action today at Davenport University, the Cornerstone Men's Tennis Team fell to 1-3 on the season with an 8-1 loss to Davenport University. Cornerstone started very slow in doubles, with Davenport cruising through all 3 courts. Cornerstone showed more resolve in singles, with Alex Tarnow winning at #6, and 3 other matches losing in 3 sets. Said Coach Erickson on today's action: "I'm really disappointed with tonight's match. We came out totally flat in doubles, which is strange when we're playing a conference rival. In singles, we had a lot of chances to win close matches, but we just couldn't close them out. At times, some of that frustration boiled over, and I didn't feel like we represented our program the right way tonight. These are all things that we'll be addressing at practice in the coming weeks. We have to get better at all facets of the game and how we handle ourselves right now. And we will."
Next up for Cornerstone is a return trip to Davenport for the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Tournament starting on September 12.