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CU Men's Tennis picked up their first win of the spring season with a 6-3 victory of Albion College. Cornerstone started out strong, breaking immediately on all 3 doubles courts and holding on to sweep the doubles early and take the 3-0 lead. Cornerstone was a little shakier in singles, splitting 3 of the 6 singles matches. Getting singles wins were Alex Tarnow, Austin Hunt, and picking up his first collegiate win was newcomer Santiago Mackrey.
The match of the day belonged to Austin Hunt, who won a hard fought 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory at #2 singles. Says Coach Erickson: "I couldn't be happier with the way that Austin fought and competed today. I think this match has the potential to turn around his season."
"We talked before this match how important it was for us to start fast and jump on them right away to set the tone. I was so pleased to see that happen, as we broke serve right away on every doubles court. The guys competed hard and kept up their intensity, which is what I'm looking for. In singles, things were a little rougher. Albion is a tough place to play due to the speed of the courts, but we did enough today to get the 6-3 win, and I'm happy about that. There is still a lot to take away from this match that we need to work on though."
Cornerstone's next action is over spring break, when they take on Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.
For the first time in program history, the Cornerstone Men's Tennis team appeared in the NAIA National Rankings as a Receiving Votes team in the January 28, 2014 Pre-Season Poll. The complete article can be found here.
The tennis team is currently practicing, preparing for their first match against Grand Valley on February 7.
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.