ST. PETER, Minn. — Multiple Lawrence University men’s tennis players picked up wins at the ITA Midwest Regional and the Midwest Open this weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Playing in the ITA Regional, Lawrence’s top singles player, David Jumes, opened play with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over St. Norbert College’s Ben VandeZande. Jumes was then knocked out after a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 loss to Coe College’s James McManus, who went on to win two more matches.
Bill Schuman-Kline had split the first two sets against Hamline University’s Matt Seracki 2-6, 6-1 before having to retire due to injury.
Since Schuman-Kline was unable to play, Jumes teamed with Izaya Turenne in the doubles competition. Jumes and Turenne lost to Carthage College’s Herman Abban and Pawel Jaworski 8-1 in the opening match. They rebounded to beat a Central College duo 8-5 before falling to a team from Concordia-Moorhead 8-0.
In the Midwest Open, rookies Connor Maloney and Cade Francour won a pair of matches in the doubles competition. Maloney and Francour opened with an impressive 8-1 win over Trevor Budewitz and Jonah Fowle of Concordia University of Wisconsin. In the round of 32, Maloney and Francour stopped Hamline’s Cory Penick and Carter Linder 8-2. Joakim Ekfeldt and Can Aras Thierhoff of Gustavus finally defeated Maloney and Francour 8-5 in the round of 16.
In the singles portion of the Midwest Open, Maloney opened with a 6-1, 6-2 pounding of Scott Schwandt of Concordia-Moorhead. Bryce Gadke of St. Scholastica then topped Maloney 6-4, 6-3.
Turenne played in the singles at the Midwest Open and lost his first match 6-0, 6-2 to Landon Ridpath of Northwestern (Minn.). Zach Straw of St. Scholastica defeated Francour 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round.