Tennis takes down Marian University

Anthony Michalovitz

The UW Oshkosh men’s tennis team dominated Marian University on Friday, April 8 at the Oshkosh YMCA Tennis Center. The Titans won all nine competitions to snap their three-game skid, while the Sabres lost their 18th consecutive meet. Junior Austin Laumb said he believes the team played well and made it clear UWO is the stronger program. “The team played solid,” Laumb said. “We were able to attack the ball relatively easy and I think it was obvious that we were all-around stronger than them in every category of tennis.” Laumb blanked Brandon Ruis in the sixth flight of singles, 6-0, 6-0. Also Laumb, paired with freshman Thang Khup, went on to defeat Zac Brandrup and Ruis in No. 3 doubles, 8-1. Despite a conclusive victory, freshman William O’Connell said there is still room for improvement. “I think we need to learn how to push and put away shots,” O’Connell said. “There were a lot of points all over the board where we could have put balls away and finished the point. We need to focus on playing our way and not adjusting our game to other players.” As for No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, freshman Adam Hawley and junior Adam Martin had an 8-3 victory over Danny Roe and Patrick Schwoerer, while sophomore duo David Leffler and Logan Zastrow overcame Spencer Braswell and Joey Dittman, 8-4. UWO bested Marian in singles, holding them to a single point in eight of 12 sets. In the first flight, sophomore Vincent Gorski crushed Dittman, 6-1, 6-1. In the next flight, freshman Ryan Kuzmanovic triumphed Schwoerer, 6-2, 6-0. Gorski said winning by a landslide has its perks. “Winning by a large margin is always fun,” Gorski said. “It makes the game a little more relaxed when you look at your teammate’s scores on the courts around you and see them up by a lot. It can take some of the pressure off you and to be able to have more confidence going for your shots knowing that your teammates are playing well also.” Additional singles victories came from O’Connell, Hawley and freshman Jordan Andersen. The meet’s only tiebreaker came in the fourth flight as Andersen snuck by Braswell, 6-4, 5-7 (10-2). Hawley outmuscled Roe in the third flight, 6-0, 6-1, while O’Connell overpowered Brandrup in the fifth flight, 6-0, 6-4. Head coach James Lewison is looking forward to the highly anticipated warm weather and promises to do cartwheels during the Whitewater meet if they can pull off an upset. “The team is going a bit stir-crazy to get outside and play our remaining matches,” Lewison said. “I’m confident we can make some adjustments in practice and hopefully pull off a few upsets at the end of the season. I might do some cartwheels around the courts if we take some matches from Whitewater, so hopefully someone has their camera ready.” The Titans will defend the home court this Saturday against the Milwaukee School of Engineering at the Kolf Sports Center Complex.