CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe College men's tennis team ran its winning-streak to 21 matches on Sunday as they defeated Grinnell 9-0. It was the ninth shutout of the year for the Kohawks.
At number one doubles, senior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and sophomore Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) defeated Elliott Czarnecki and Emilio Gomez 8-4. It was the eighth-straight win for the pair, as they improved to 21-3 on the year. Sprinkel picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Czarnecki at number one singles, as he improved to 16-4. Newman earned his 13th win of the year, defeating C.J. Ray 6-0, 6-4 at number four singles.
Freshmen Riley Galbraith (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and Yasushi Inoue (Japan) downed Colin Johnson and Tracy Johnson 9-8 at number two doubles. Galbraith improved to 18-6 on the year in singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Gomez at number two. Inoue won his 13th-straight singles match, as he improved to 16-3 with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Daniel Nellis at number three.
Coe's final doubles victory came at number three as senior Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) and junior Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) won their sixth-straight match 8-2 over Aaron Lapkin and Benjamin Charney. Stokstad also earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over T. Johnson at number five singles. Coe's final victory came at number six singles as freshman Ryan Hickman (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson) defeated Charlie Wilhelm 6-3, 2-6, 10-2. The victory was the 14th-straight for Hickman, as he improved to 16-2 on the year.
The Kohawks (21-0, 3-0 IIAC) return to league play on Friday. Coe will take a split squad to Dubuque, as they face Loras and the University of Dubuque at 4 p.m.