Schedule and Results

IIAC Automatic Qualifier Semifinals vs. Central

Results:5-1
Location:Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Luther College men’s tennis team entered the IIAC Automatic Qualifier Tournament as the No. 2 seed and advanced to the title match with a 5-1 victory over Central, the No. 5 seed.  The semi-final match was played at the Clarke Racquet Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Norse grabbed a pair of doubles victories and followed with lopsided wins at the top three singles positions to clinch the win.

Although Luther’s Ramesh Karki and Quinn Foley were upended by an (8-3) margin at No. 1 doubles by Central’s Kyle Freischlag and West Adelman, the Norse came through with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 to take the lead into singles.  Nick Mozena and James Ayer defeated Tim Kahl and John Seier at No. 2 while Matt Bellio and Sean Brown dispatched Zane Hendricks and Josh Forst at No. 3 by the same margin.

Karki made quick work of Freischlag at No. 1 singles, winning (6-0, 6-0) to extend the Norse lead to 3-1.  Matt Bellio was a (6-2, 6-0) winner against Collin Schares at No. 3, putting Luther in the driver’s seat with a 4-1 advantage.  Mozena clinched the match with a (6-2, 6-2) victory over Adelman at No. 2.

Box Score

Norse face top seed Coe College tomorrow at Noon in championship match with the winner advancing to the NCAA III National Tournament.

Tournament Website

Junior

Philadelphia, Pa.

Central

Junior

Fon Du Lac, Wis.

St. Mary's Spring Academy

Senior

Decorah, Iowa

Decorah

Junior

Kathmandu, Nepal,

Xavier International

Senior

Dubuque, Iowa

Senior

Sophomore

Dellwood, Minn.

Mahtomedi

Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586