MADISON, Wis. — Freshman Craig Sherwood took second place at No. 5 singles to pace the Lawrence University men’s tennis team at the Midwest Conference Championships this weekend.
Lawrence finished fifth in the team standings with 38 points. Grinnell College won the team title.
Sherwood opened play with a 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal win over Charlie Wilhelm of Grinnell. Sherwood then beat Kevin Lasky of Lake Forest College 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in the semifinals. Monmouth College’s Chris Utterback beat Sherwood 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match.
The other top finishers for the Vikings were Cooper Smith and Jeremy Andereck. Smith reached the semifinals at No. 4, and Andereck lost in three sets in the semifinals at No. 6.
In the other flights, Jason Dunn lost in the quarterfinals at No. 1 and then lost by default in the consolation semifinals. Max Zlevor reached the consolation final at No. 2 before falling to Karolis Ruzgas of Knox College 8-4. Caleb Ray beat Knox’s Jonathan Ng 8-2 to win the consolation final at No. 3.
In the doubles competition, Lawrence won the consolation title at both Nos. 2 and 3.
At No. 2, Ray and Smith bounced back from a loss in the quarterfinals to win the consolation title. Ray and Cooper defeated¬†Derrick Winterhack and Sam Ewig of Ripon 8-2 in the consolation final. At No. 3, Sherwood and Andereck also lost in the quarterfinals but came back to beat¬†Lasky and Tommy White of Lake Forest 8-0 in the consolation final.
At No. 1 doubles, Dunn and Zlevor were eliminated in the championship semfinals.