Men's Tennis Places Fourth at SLIAC Men's Tournament

Men's Tennis Places Fourth at SLIAC Men's Tournament

The Westminster men's tennis team placed fourth at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Men's Tennis Tournament, ending their season with a 5-7 record.

The Blue Jays entered the tournament as the no. three seed with a 2-2 conference record. They played no. two Principia College in the opening round, but lost 5-1.  From there, they went to play the loser of the other 11:00 am match, no. five Fontbonne University. The Blue Jays defeated Fontbonne, 5-1, sending them to the third place match against no. four Webster University. The Blue Jays played all nine matches with Webster, but fell 5-4.

The no. one doubles team, sophomore Adam Fuchs and senior Kyle Collins won the only point in the 5-1 loss to Principia College, 9-8.

The Blue Jays held a 3-0 lead over Fontbonne in the second match of the day with two 8-0 sweeps coming out of the Fuchs, Collins team in the no. one doubles spot and junior Grant Peterson and freshman Jacques Erasmus in the no. three doubles spot. The sophomore Pete Hasenmueller and junior Reese Hicks team in the no. two spot won their doubles competition, 8-5.

Collins and Hasenmueller won the final two points needed to win the match. Collins won the no. two singles (6-0, 6-0), and Hasenmueller won in the no. three singles (6-1, 6-3).

In the third place match, the Blue Jays held a 2-1 lead over Webster heading into singles play. The Hasenmueller, Hicks duo on the no. two doubles team defeated their opponent 8-2, and the Peterson, freshman Brendan Bosewell team in the no. three doubles won 8-5.

Collins and Hasenmueller once again won their matches in singles play. Collins defeated his opponent, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, and Hasenmueller won 6-2, 6-2. Peterson and Bosewell in the no. five and six spots took their matches into three sets, but each fell in their final set.