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The Lakeland College men's tennis team fought through a tough match with Northern Athletics Conference opponent Aurora University, falling to the Spartans, 7-2, on Thursday, Apr. 19, at Sheboygan South High School.
The Muskies' (2-5, 1-2 NAC) only wins of the day came in the No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles matches, as sophomore Matt Rutlin and freshman Andre Glass teamed up to defeat Aurora, 8-6, and Glass later went on to defeat Reed on his own, 6-2, 6-0.
Freshmen Dartanian Taylor and Drazen Cvijanovic also played a fairly close in their No. 2 doubles match, but eventually fell, 8-4, to the Spartans. Junior Mark Meade and freshman Andrew Waters rounded out the doubles competition, dropping their No. 3 match, 8-3.
"Early on, No. 1 and No. 2 doubles fought hard and played even," said head coach Ben Oestreich. "In the end, Matt and Andre made enough plays to pull ahead while Drazen and Dartanian made too many costly mistakes and fell behind. Andre was also able to put together a solid singles match, controlling most of the points."
In the No. 4 singles match, Cvijanovic battled back after dropping the first set, 6-4, winning the second set, 6-3, to force a super tie-breaker in the third set before falling, 10-6.
"Drazen was able to pull it together long enough to win the second set in singles before losing in a 10 point super-breaker in the second to last match of the night," Oestreich said.
Rounding out the singles action, Rutlin dropped his No. 2 match, 6-1, 6-2, while Taylor went down, 6-4, 6-1. Meade and Waters were also defeated in their No. 5 and 6 singles matches, falling 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-1, respectively.
Lakeland will have plenty of opportunities to get back on track, as they will play four matches in the next three days. The Muskies kick off the match marathon with a non-conference meeting with Lake Forest on Friday, Apr. 20, at home. Match time is set for 6 p.m. at Sheboygan South High School in Sheboygan, Wis.