CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - Freshman Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) won the Flight One Singles Championship at the Kerry Seward Memorial Tournament this weekend, as the Kohawks placed third as a team.
In the opening round at number one singles, Sprinkel beat Rose-Hulman's Ben Paras 6-2, 6-3, while sophomore Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) beat Dubuque's Nick Garcia 7-5, 2-1. In the semifinals, Sprinkel beat Stokstad 6-4, 7-5. In the championship match, Sprinkel beat Carthage's Jeff Lotz 6-2, 6-4, while Stokstad lost the third place match 7-5, 6-7 (0-4), 6-2 to Ohio Northern's Joey Frank.
At number two singles, sophomore Jeff Damisch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) lost his opening round match 6-3, 6-4 to Ohio Northern's Michael Kathary. Damisch bounced back in the consolation round for a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hanover's Brandon Ramsey. Also at number two singles, sophomore Daken Starkenburg (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) lost his opening match to Carthage's Daneric Hazelman 6-1, 6-4 before bouncing back for a 6-0, 4-6, 10-7 win over Rose-Hulman's Devon Fritz. Damisch closed the day with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Starkenburg.
Junior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) opened play at number three singles with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Phil Kubisz of Wabash. Newman then lost a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Carthage's Matt Whiteside. At number four singles, sophomore Michael Woolf (Palantine, Ill./Palantine) beat Hanover's Matt Strandmark 6-2, 6-4 to open the day before advancing to the finals with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Ian Leonard of Wabash. Woolf dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Josh Saunders of Ohio Northern in the finals.
At number five singles, sophomore Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) beat Rose-Hulman's Nathan Moore 6-2, 6-3 before dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Nate Koelper of Wabash. Janssen closed the day with a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Andrew Korba of Ohio Northern. At number six singles, sophomore Alex Klaas (Douman, Wis./Catholic Memorial) opened play with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Wabash's Michael Doebler. Klaas then beat Carthage's Brian Howes 7-6 (4-0), 4-6, 6-2 before beating Hanover's Yizhe Huang 6-2, 6-1. In the final match of the day, Klaas lost 6-2, 6-7 (0-7), 6-2 to Ohio Northern's Mike King.
In doubles play, Sprinkel and Newman opened play at number one with an 8-1 win over Ben Paras and Devon Fritz of Rose-Hulman. Also at number one, Stokstad and Starkenburg lost an 8-4 decision to Joey Frank and Michael Kathary of Ohio Northern. In the semifinals, Newman and Sprinkel lost an 8-6 decision to Frank and Kathary, while Stokstad and Starkenburg beat Paras and Fritz 8-5. Newman and Sprinkel closed doubles play with an 8-2 win over Wade Miller and Peter Gunderman of Wabash, while Stokstad and Starkenburg beat Steven Gilliam and Brandon Ramsey of Hanover 8-4.
At number two doubles, Damisch and Woolf beat Hanover's Matt Strandmark and Kyle Bohnert 8-0 before dropping an 8-6 decision to Ohio Northern's Nick Kowalczyk and Josh Saunders. Damisch and Woolf ended the day with a 9-7 win over Daniel Delgado and Nate Koelper of Wabash. In the number three doubles round, Janssen and Klaas beat Phil Kubisz and Michael Doebler of Wabash 8-6 to open play before dropping an 8-5 decision to Carthage's Alex McLean and Conor Moon. Klaas and Janssen ended the day with an 8-2 win over Rose-Hulman's Randy Billingsley and Nathan Moore.
As a team, the Kohawks scored 58 points to finish third. Carthage won the tournament with 64 points, while Ohio Northern was second with 59. Host Wabash was fourth with 38 points.
The Kohawks return to action on Saturday, as they travel to Grinnell.