Two place second at first fall tournament
By HEATHER KENNEDY
DES MOINES, Iowa – The early hard work for the Northern Colorado Men’s Tennis team looks to be paying off as two Bears played for the championship of the Drake Invitational, while another finished third.
Sophomore Jordan Loughnan (Mudgee, New South Wales) finished second in the C singles flight, losing the championship bout 6-4, 7-5 to Northern Illinois’ Axel Lagerlof. Loughnan opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Will Biermat of North Dakota and then defeated Drake’s Grant Tesmer in a terrific three-set match that ended in a tiebreaker, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
Newcomer Eric Scheumans (Sao Paulo, Brazil) also played in the championship match, losing in the F flight to Drake’s James McKie, 6-1, 6-1. He reached the finals by beating North Dakota’s Jared Vigen in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0 and Bryan Miles from Gustavus Adolphus 6-4, 6-3.
Ben Gendron finished third in the singles A Flight. The sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas dropped his opening match to Drake’s Ben Mullis, 6-0, 6-2 but bounced back to win his next two. In the second round, Gendron swept Mya Smith-Dennis from Gustavus Adolphus, 6-4, 6-4 and then defeated Amrik Donkena from G.A. for third place, 6-0, 6-4.
Junior Michael Moya (Whittier, Calif.) went 2-1 in D singles. He defeated Gustavus Adolphus’ Motasam Al-Houni 6-2, 6-1 to open the tournament. Moya then dropped a hard-fought three setter in the second round to Simon Formont – the eventual champion – from Northern Illinois, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5. In the backdraw, Moya won 6-2, 6-3 over Tyler Johnson from Gustavus Adolphus.
Senior Ryan Lane (Southlake, Texas) dropped his first two matches in three sets on the weekend, but bounced back to win his final bout, 6-2, 6-0 over new Big Sky foe David Bergstrom from North Dakota. In the opener, Lane fell 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to G.A.’s Marcel Gyswyt and then lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to Creighton’s August Nysted.
On Friday in doubles play, Gendron and Loughnan went 2-1 in the B flight. The duo won their opening match 8-4 over Grant Bakke and Biermat from North Dakota before losing 8-6 to Formont and Lagerlof from Northern Illinois, who went on to win the tournament. Gendron and Loughan bounced back to defeat Creighton’s Brandon Lee and Ryan Norman 8-2 in the final match.
In the C flight of doubles, Lane and Scheumans took the court together for the first time and posted a record of 1-2. They opened the tournament with an 8-2 victory over Anthony Rauschenbach and Nick Thompson of Creighton. The two then were broken on their final serve for a 9-7 loss to Gyswyt and Logan Peterson from Gustavus Adolphus. In their final match, the pair lost 8-4 to Max Phillips and Jovan Zeljkovic from Northern Illinois.
The Bears return to the Midwest next weekend for the Creighton Invitational in Omaha on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.