CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe College men's tennis team opened the dual meet portion of its schedule Saturday with a pair of wins over Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Westminster. Coe beat the BluGolds 6-3 before downing Westminster 9-0.
The match with Wisconsin-Eau Claire featured two teams ranked in the top 15 of the regional rankings, with the Kohawks at 12th and the BluGolds at 14th. After losing at number one doubles, the Kohawks took a 2-1 lead with wins at number two and three. Freshman Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) teamed with senior Jonathan Roger (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village) for an 8-5 win over Dirk Van Rybroek and Ryan Vande Linde. At number three, senior Victor Khristenko (Orel, Russia) and sophomore Michael Woolf (Palantine, Ill./Palantine) beat Florent Marco and Michael Roden 8-5.
At number one singles, Khristenko beat Chris Kuna 6-4, 6-4. Kuna was ranked 21st in the regional rankings, while Khristenko was 22nd. At number two singles, Sprinkel beat Marco 6-2, 6-3 before Jeff Damisch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) beat Joey Minear 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at number four singles. Coe's final win came at number five, as Roger beat Roden 6-1, 6-3.
The Kohawks took all nine matches without losing a set in the win over Westminster, a team that has qualified for the past two NCAA Tournaments. Coe opened with an 8-6 win at number one doubles from Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) and Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) over Tony Stephenson and Anthony Becker. At number two doubles, Sprinkel and Roger beat Alex Belden and T. Wollmershauser 8-2 before Damisch and Woolf beat David Berry and Steven Yob 8-2 at number three.
In singles play against Westminster, Sprinkel opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Stephenson at number one. Khristenko beat Becker 6-1, 6-0 at number two, while Stokstad beat Belden 6-1, 6-1 at number three. At number four singles, Damisch beat Wollmershauser 6-1, 6-1 as Janssen beat Tolbert 6-1, 6-4 at number five. Coe closed the day with a 6-0, 7-5 win from Woolf over Arnold at number six.
The Kohawks will return to action next Saturday, as they host Monmouth at 9 a.m. and Wisconsin-La Crosse at 5 p.m.