ORLANDO, Fla. (2/28/19)---Concordia split its two matches on their final day of competition in Florida. The Cobbers fell 8-1 to Rose-Hulman (Ind.) and then completed their annual spring break trip by beating Adrian (Mich.) 6-3.
The Cobbers end their time in Florida with a 2-3 record while CC is now 5-5 in all matches.
The lone win in the day's opener against Rose-Hulman came from the No.3 doubles team of Matthew Engum and Ben Swanson. The duo came away with one more service break and earned an 8-6 victory.
Jared Saue had the closest singles bout as he lost in extra points in the super-set tie-breaker (1-6, 6-3, 11-9) at No.6 singles.
Concordia won their match against Adrian on the strength of their doubles play. All three Cobber doubles tandems posted wins to give CC a 3-0 lead heading into singles play. Concordia was then able to split the six singles matches and come away with a 6-3 team win.
Engum and Swanson had to work overtime to get the win at No.3 doubles against the Bulldogs. The pair won two straight games after the match was tied at 7-7 and won 9-7.
Isaac Toivonen and David Youngs cruised to an 8-1 win at No.1 doubles and then Erik Porter and David Schneck put the Cobbers up 2-0 with an 8-4 victory at No.2 doubles.
Saue continued his hot stretch of singles play for Concordia. He didn't allow the tie-breaker loss in the opener affect his play against Adrian and rolled to a 6-0, 6-4 straight set win at No.6 singles.
Toivonen and Engum had the other singles victories for Concordia. Toivonen found little kick back in his match at No.1 singles and won 6-1, 6-2 while Engum claimed a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No.4 singles.
FIGHTING SAUE: Sophomore Jared Saue won three of his five matches in Florida and is now 5-5 on the season. His five singles wins are tied for most on the team this season and are two more than he had in all of his freshman season.
BACK ON TRACK: The Cobber No.2 doubles team of Erik Porter and David Schneck stopped a three-match losing skid with their 8-4 win against Adrian. Porter and Schneck won six straight doubles bouts to start the year and are now a team-best 7-3 for the season. They went 4-9 last year.
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will return to Minnesota but not head straight back to Moorhead. The Cobbers will stay around the Twin Cities areas for the weekend as they will play No.10-ranked Gustavus on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 9 a.m. and then square off against Northwestern at 1 p.m. at Gustavus. CC will finish their Minnesota road weekend by facing Bethel on Sunday, Mar. 4 at the White Bear Lake Lifetime Fitness Center at 1 p.m.
Concordia-M'head 6, Adrian 3
Feb 28, 2018 at Orlando, Minn. (USTA Tennis Center)
1. Isaac Toivonen (CC) def. Ronald Ducharme (AD) 6-1, 6-2
2. Jeff Sophiea (AD) def. Erik Porter (CC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Tanner Wilcox (AD) def. David Youngs (CC) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
4. Matthew Engum (CC) def. Kyle Haines (AD) 6-1, 6-4
5. Nathan Waterbury (AD) def. David Schneck (CC) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jared Saue (CC) def. Jon Rhind (AD) 6-0, 6-4
1. Isaac Toivonen/David Youngs (CC) def. Jeff Sophiea/Jon Rhind (AD) 8-1
2. Erik Porter/David Schneck (CC) def. Tanner Wilcox/Nathan Waterbury (AD) 8-4
3. Matthew Engum/Ben Swanson (CC) def. Ronald Ducharme/Kyle Haines (AD) 9-7