Glass wins fourth NAC title as Muskies finish third
Athletics - posted on 5/9/2010
Senior Andre Glass won his fourth consecutive Northern Athletics Conference No. 1 singles title at the NAC Championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9, at Moorland Park Tennis Center in New Berlin, Wis.
The Muskies finished third in the team standings with 36.5 points, just behind MSOE, the tournament champion, and runner-up Concordia, Wis. Lakeland, which finished 8-9 in dual meets, including a 5-3 mark in conference play, was predicted to finish third in the NAC Preseason Coaches' Poll after placing third in 2009.
"We played 108 matches in two days, so it was a little physically challenging," Lakeland coach Doron Green said. "All our players cooperated and didn't delay between matches. Our attitudes were great, and we played with great confidence."
Along with Glass (Kenosha, Wis.), freshman Andrew McGlashen (Southampton, England) also claimed a championship at No. 2 singles.
Freshman Dane Maier (Middleton, Wis.) placed second at No. 6 singles.
Glass, who has lost just one match against a conference opponent in his collegiate career, defeated Dustin Holzhauer of MSOE 6-4, 6-0 in the final match. He had lost a total of six games in the two matches prior.
"It took a lot of focus, and I had to stay committed" Glass said of the journey to his fourth straight title. "When the team wasn't strong (early in my career), it was hard to stay focused. This year, we had a team that had potential, so there was more pressure to succeed individually.
"I thought I'd be a little harder on myself, but I didn't really let it bother me when it came time to perform."
Glass finished the season 16-4 overall and 7-0 in NAC dual competition.
"What Andre did is unprecedented," Green said. "He is deserving of every accolade we can give him. It was enjoyable to watch for both me and his teammates."
McGlashen, who wrapped up an 18-4 record with a 7-0 mark in conference play, lost a total of seven games in the entire tournament. He knocked off Brian Tresseder of Concordia, Wis., 6-0, 6-2 in the final.
"Andrew dominated the whole tournament, and wasn't really challenged," Green said. "He was one of several outstanding performances we had."
Maier also made a fantastic run, but was defeated by MSOE's Fabian Greibel 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
In doubles action, McGlashen and freshman Jacob Halverson (Taneytown, Md.) finished second at the No. 2 spot, while Glass and senior David May (Oak Lawn, Ill.) placed third at No. 1.
McGlashen and Halverson lost just two games in the two matches prior, but were beaten in the final by Concordia, Wis., 8-4.
"The success that Andrew and Jake had in conference play pushed everyone else to perform," Glass said. "Third place (as a team) isn't bad ... we did very well for what we had."
In other Lakeland singles action, May (No. 5) and senior Yuki Shiono (No. 4) placed fifth in their respective brackets. Halverson finished seventh at the No. 3 spot.
At No. 3 doubles, Shiono (Gummu, Japan) and Maier placed fifth.
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