Cheever gets men’s tennis team’s first win of the year

Paul Elzinga, Staff Reporter

The men’s tennis team first hosted Concordia-Chicago University, and then hosted Dominican University Saturday, April 14 at Sports Core in Kohler, WI.

Senior Andy Cheever got the team’s lone win, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, in his match at No. 4 singles against Efrain Rodriguez of Dominican.

“I was very pleased with Andy Cheever’s win at the #4 singles spot against Dominican,” Men’s Tennis Coach Casey Carr said. “I was proud of his attitude after losing the first set – coming back to win the second set and eventually going on to win the third set tie-breaker. When Andy stays positive and doesn’t get frustrated he will win a lot of matches. He doesn’t have the tennis experience but he has the competitive experience. He expects so much out of himself that sometimes I need him just to chill out and relax a little bit.”

Also against Dominican, Kazuya Hosokawa and Brandon Robinson each pushed their opponents at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively, to three sets but eventually lost.

Robinson also forced a third set in his match at No. 6 singles against Concordia Chicago.

“Overall it was an OK day,” Carr said. “Obviously, we didn’t win as many matches as I would’ve liked but for the most part our guys played pretty hard.  I was real pleased with Brandon Robinson’s effort on the day. Losing two matches by a third set tie-breaker is a tough day for him but I loved his attitude and body language. Even after the match is complete he remained positive and showed a lot of class. That represents not only our tennis program but Lakeland College as an institution in a very positive way. I have a lot of respect for that.”

The team is back to it Saturday, April 21against Aurora University in Illinois at 10 a.m.

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