ORLANDO, Fla. - The Coe College men's tennis team went 5-1 during spring break, as they ventured outside for the first time in dual meets this season. The Kohawks were 29-7 in singles, while not losing a single match at the number one position.
The Kohawks opened the week with an 8-1 victory over Berry on March 5. Freshman Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) and junior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) defeated Logan Yerbey and Jonathan Surls 8-3 at number one doubles. Sprinkel was then a 6-1, 6-1 victor over Yerbey at number one singles, while Newman beat Jake Pullen 6-1, 6-0 at number four singles.
At number two doubles, sophomore Jeff Damisch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and sophomore Michael Woolf (Palantine, Ill./Palantine) beat Ben Ortman and Pulen 8-1. Damisch beat Ortman 6-0, 6-1 at number three singles. The Kohawks held a 3-0 lead after doubles play, as sophomore Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) and senior Jonathan Roger (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village) beat Kyle Stapleton and Max McDonald 8-1. Roger was then a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Colby Chapman at number five singles, while sophomore Daken Starkenburg (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) beat Stpleton 6-2, 6-1.
Coe's second win of the week came against Colby-Sawyer later that night, as they won 8-1. Sprinkel and Newman won 8-3 at number one doubles over Jamie Thormann and Justin Pinard, while Janssen and Starkenburg beat Will Berry and Eric Caples 8-2 at number two. Taking a 2-1 lead into singles, sophomore Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) beat Thormann 6-0, 6-0.
At number two singles, Woolf beat Pinard 6-0, 6-0, while Janssen was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Reeve Fidler at number three. Starkenburg was a 6-2, 6-0 victor over Nolan Foley at number four, while sophomore Alex Klaas (Douman, Wis./Catholic Memorial) beat Clay Allen 4-6, 6-0, 10-6 at number five. Coe's final victory came from senior Doug Land (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington) at number six, as he beat Berry 6-0, 6-1.
The Kohawks trailed 2-1 after doubles against Alfred, but bounced back for a 7-2 victory. Stokstad and Starkenburg took the win at number two doubles, as they beat Nathan Kucko and Kyle McDevitt 8-0. At number one singles, Damisch beat Nick Schneider 6-2, 6-4, while Newman beat Nathan Garletts 6-1, 6-1. At number three singles, Janssen beat Kucko 6-1, 6-1.
Starkenburg kept the streak alive at number four singles, as he beat Stefan Nonnemann 6-3, 6-2, while Klaas beat Peter Benoit 6-2, 6-3 at number five. Coe's final win came at number six singles, as sophomore Tyler Wilson (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) beat Lucas Krenzer 6-4, 6-2.
Coe earned a tight 5-4 win over Ohio Northern, where they again trailed 2-1 after doubles. This time, Coe's only doubles win was at number three, where Janssen and Roger beat Blake Troller and Nick Kowalczyk 8-4. At number one singles, Sprinkel beat Joey Frank 6-2, 6-1, while Damisch beat Do Thai 6-2, 6-3 at number three singles. Newman was a 6-4, 6-4 victor at number four, while Roger closed the match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Andrew Korba.
The Kohawks only loss of the week came against Wayne State, ranked 49th in the country, as they won 5-4. Coe led 2-1 after doubles, as Sprinkel and Newman were an 8-6 winner over Melvin Joseph and Jason Chen. Coe's second win was at number two, where Damisch and Woolf beat Thomas Ducret and Michael FitzGerald 8-5. At number one singles, Sprinkel beat Ducret 4-6, 6-3, 10-7, while Newman earned Coe's only other singles victory, beating Oscar Gammarra 6-4, 6-4.
Coe closed the week with a 9-0 victory over Cornerstone University. At number one doubles, Klaas and Woolf beat John Andrew and Chris Selva 8-4, while Janssen and Roger beat Josiah Badger and Josh Webb 8-1 at number two. Coe took a 3-0 lead into singles, as Land and Wilson beat Alex Tarnow and Brad Miedema 8-6 at number three.
At number one singles, Stokstad beat Andrew 6-1, 6-1, while Newman beat Selva 6-0, 6-0 at number two. Janssen was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Tarnow at number three, as Starkenburg beat Miedema 6-1, 6-2, at number four. Klaas earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at number five over Badger, while sophomore Alex Leovic (Littleton, Colo./Littleton) closed the week with a 7-4, 4-6, 10-2 win over Webb at number six singles.
The Kohawks return to action March 17, as they host Augustana 10 a.m. at the Clark Racquet Center.