Men’s tennis swept in season’s first match

Paul Elzinga, Staff Reporter

The men’s tennis team took a rough first loss against MSOE Wednesday in Milwaukee.  loss totaled to be a 9-0 blowout in favor of Milwaukee.

No. 1 singles was played by freshman Paul Elzinga, who lost 6-2, 6-0.

“I had a rough first college match, but I now understand the things that I need to improve on. I had also played the conference’s second seed from last year who is now a senior. He had a lot of tremendous skill and a great game.”

“I am really excited about the play that Paul Elzinga showed in his first college tennis match against one of the best players in our conference,” men’s tennis coach Casey Carr said. “He hit a lot of winners and made his opponent move around the court a lot.  But again I think Paul was probably nervous, and who wouldn’t be?”

No. 2 singles was played by senior Yu Sasaki, who fell to his opponent 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 singles was played by Kazuya Hasokawa, who had the best individual score, losing to his opponent 6-2, 6-2.

Four singles was played by junior Brandon Robinson. Robinson finished his match with a 6-0, 6-1 loss.

“I think starting off the season against MSOE is best for us. It shows us what we need to improve on,” Robinson said.

Five singles was played by senior Kodai Miyamoto, who fell to MSOE 6-1, 6-0. Six singles was played by senior Hidenori Sawada. He lost his match 6-1, 6-0.

“Overall I was pretty pleased with the way we played.  At times we ended up playing their style of tennis instead of our game. I wish we could have just slowed down a bit and thought about games and points. We were in such a hurry to move on at their pace of play, but that just comes with experience. Everyone competed and had very positive body language, and that’s what put a smile on my face at the end of the day,” Carr said at the end of the meet.

The Men’s Tennis team will compete this Saturday at the Sports Core in Kohler. They play against Concordia University Chicago at 10 a.m. and also against Dominican University at 2 p.m.

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