Cobbers Open Play In Florida

Senior Erik Porter won both of his doubles matches on the opening day of matches in Florida for the Cobbers.
Senior Erik Porter won both of his doubles matches on the opening day of matches in Florida for the Cobbers.

ORLANDO, Fla. (3/2/20)—Concordia opened play on their spring training trip in the Sunshine State as they took on a pair of strong non-conference opponents.

North Central (Ill.) 7 Concordia 2
Freshman Cole Gillespie picked up the lone singles win for the Concordia in a 7-2 defeat to North Central on a sunny afternoon outside of Orlando.

After dropping the first set 6-2 the Thief River Falls product fought back to win the second set 6-3. Gillespie then edged his opponent 10-8 in the deciding super tie-breaker to get the win. Gillespie has four singles wins on the year at the No. spot.

Senior David Youngs also fought in a 3-set battle but came up on the wrong side of the result. After winning the first set 6-4 Youngs dropped the second set 6-1. He was unable to gain back the momentum in the tie-breaker and lost 10-4.

On the doubles court, the team of Erik Porter and Jared Saue continued their successful season with a convincing 8-4 win at the No.1 spot. The duo now has six wins on the year and is 6-3. The No.3 duo of Eli Simonson and Cole Gillespie fought hard but came up just short and dropped an 8-5 decision.

Ohio Northern 6 Concordia 3
Concordia competed for wins up and down the lineup on Monday night under the lights in urban Orlando in the second match on the opening day of Florida. Unfortunately, only a handful of the close matches turned into wins and the Cobbers dropped a 6-3 contest to Ohio Northern.

The Cobbers came out swinging in doubles, competing in all three matches. The roommate duo of Erik Porter and David Youngs teamed up to snag an 8-1 win at No.1 doubles. It was the first time the two had played doubles since the fall season of 2018. 

Concordia The Cobbers debuted two new doubles teams at the #2 and #3 spots. Jared Saue and Cole Gillespie fought hard at the No.2 spot but dropped the pro-set in a competitive 8-3 match. Carter Steffes and Eli Simonson took the court at No.3 doubles and despite Steffes' big serves and Simonson's aggressive play at the net, the two dropped the contest 8-5.

In singles action there was quality tennis throughout the lineup.

Saue picked up his first singles win of spring break at the No.2 spot, cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 win. The victory was the third of the year for Saue.

Youngs also picked up a straight set win at No.3 singles. He bested his opponent 6-4, 7-5. Youngs has won five of his last six matches, has a team-best seven victories and is now 7-4 on the year.

Porter took part in one of the more exciting matches of the night at No.1 singles. After dropping the first set 6-2, he roared back to win the second set 6-3. The win was even more dramatic as he broke strings on two of his racquets which forced him to use a teammate's racquet. His opponent ended up getting the best of Porter in the deciding tiebreaker with a 10-4 win.

The two freshmen in the lineup put up strong fights in singles. Gillespie put together a strong second set comeback after dropping the first set 6-0 at No. 5 singles. His comeback came up just short as he lost the set 7-5.

Simonson made his third start of the year at No.6 singles and didn't disappoint. The Parkers Prairie native came out hot in the first set with a 6-3 win. Simonson's strong play was matched by his opponent in the second set who ended up winning the set 6-3, and the tiebreaker 10-7.

UP NEXT: Concordia will look to rebound on Tuesday afternoon when they take on NAIA squad Midway (Ky.) at 3 p.m. The Eagles are 1-5 on the year.