Oshkosh tennis falls to Wheaton College

Anthony Michalovitz

The Titans’ men’s tennis team lost their third consecutive game after hosting Wheaton College (Ill.) Saturday, April 2 at the Oshkosh YMCA Tennis Center. Sophomore Jordan Andersen said there’s no heightened pressure while on this losing streak and he is expecting better results for the future. “Everyone on this team goes out and gives 100 percent effort every match no matter what,” Andersen said. “The expectations for our next two matches are to go 2-0 and win as many courts as we possibly can to gain some momentum coming to the end of our final season.” According to head coach James Lewison, the three-game losing streak is something his team expected, as it is in the midst of a tough streak of matches. However, his players continue to play hard and stay dedicated, he said. “I am extremely grateful that my team has been loyal to the tennis program,” Lewison said. “We don’t enjoy losing matches, but losing streaks are fairly minor compared to losing the ability to even compete next year.” Wheaton College triumphed in all six singles matches to finish the meet 8-1 against Oshkosh. UW Oshkosh’s lone win came in No. 3 doubles, consisting of sophomore duo Logan Zastrow and Andersen. Zastrow and Andersen overcame Josh Cheng and Brent Westergren in a narrow victory, 9-8 (5). No. 1 and No. 2 doubles were snagged by the Thunder. In the first match, Justin Ancona and Matt Steiner beat the Titans’ pair, sophomore Vincent Gorski and freshman Ryan Kuzmanovic 8-4. Lincoln Metz and Dane Paulsen conquered UWO freshman Adam Hawley and junior Adam Martin 8-2 in the second flight. Gorski said Wheaton was a very challenging opponent for the Titans. “Wheaton is a very good tennis school,” Gorski said. “They have had some great team wins the past couple weeks and are a top 20 ranked team in the Midwest.” The Thunder was decisive in singles as well, winning both sets in five of the six contests. In the first flight, Ancona edged Gorski 6-0, 6-1. As for the second flight, Paulsen defeated Kuzmanovic 6-3, 6-2. Wheaton’s Steiner, Metz and Karl Wenzel were victorious the following three flights. Steiner triumphed Martin 6-1, 6-2 in the third, Metz ousted Hawley 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth and Wenzel snuck by Zastrow 4-6, 6-2 (10-8) in the fifth. In the last flight Thunder’s Cheng was victorious 6-2, 6-4 against Andersen to finish the sweep. Lewison said he was pleased with UWO’s performance, especially in doubles matches where his team has struggled in recent weeks, despite the loss. “The scores did not reflect how close I thought the matches transpired, especially at the top of our lineup where score lines were lopsided,” Lewison said. UWO was scheduled to play Ripon College on Wednesday at Kolf Sports Center, but the game was postponed. The team’s next match is this Friday at the Oshkosh YMCA Tennis Center against Marian University.