Men’s tennis drops two matches at Lake Forest

Anthony Michalovitz

The UW Oshkosh men’s tennis team dropped its third and fourth straight match against Lake Forest College (Ill.) and Wabash College (Ind.) on Saturday, Feb. 13. The Titans fell 7-2 to Lake Forest in its final match in Illinois. Sophomore Jordan Andersen was the lone victor in a singles match that went to a tie-breaker 5-7, 6-0 and 1-0 against Joe Bove in the sixth match. UWO’s other point came at No. 3 doubles when sophomore Logan Zastrow and freshman William O’Connell won 8-6 over Dragan Trivanovic and Jordan Stoler. O’Connell said he enjoys competing in doubles at meets. “Doubles definitely is a strength to our team,” O’Connell said. “It brings out the best in each of us and shows each other that we will fight to the last point for our teammates out on the court.” Junior Adam Martin was defeated in a long fourth set by Trivanovic 2-6, 6-4 and 1-0. Lake Forest was victorious in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles as Dan Pivonka and Ellis Lora-Arceo defeated freshman Ryan Kuzmanovic and sophomore Vincent Gorski 8-5. Trevor Allen and Karl Fehn topped junior Adam Martin and freshman Adam Hawley 8-4. UWO opened its double header on Saturday as they fell to Wabash 7-1. Martin and Hawley won the single point for the Titans with an 8-6 victory in No. 2 doubles. Wabash took the other two doubles matches, but Gorski and Kuzmanovic had one contest tied 5-5. Gorski said they dropped a few key points that shifted the momentum in Wabash’s favor during the first match. “We have had strong showings in singles as well,” Gorski said. “A couple crucial points and wins in tie-breakers could have really swayed the score of the overall match.” There were two tiebreakers in both sophomore David Leffler’s and Zastrow’s singles competitions. Leffler lost 2-6, 6-2 and 1-0 against Mazin Hakim in the sixth flight, and Zastrow came up short 6-0, 5-7 and 1-0, against Nicholas Pollock in the fifth. A No. 4 match between Kuzmanovic and Kirill Ivashchenko went unfinished after scoring 4-6 and 4-1. Lewison said that shows great effort by the players. “The guys are constantly improving, which will help them down the road,” Lewison said. “A lot of matches near the bottom of the singles lineup have come down to a few points, so the overall team score hasn’t reflected how competitive the individual matches have been.” Junior team captain Austin Laumb said one of their goals for the season is to leave an everlasting effect on the UW Oshkosh athletic program. “I strongly think this team is one of the closest teams there is on this campus,” Laumb said. “Our final goal is to go out with no regrets and cherish every moment we have knowing that soon it will come to an end.” UW Oshkosh’s next meet is another doubleheader at Grinnell College (Iowa) along with Central College (Iowa) on Saturday, Feb. 20.