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Freshman Yasushi Inoue picked up two of Coe's five wins in the shutout against Wartburg.
Freshman Yasushi Inoue picked up two of Coe's five wins in the shutout against Wartburg.
Men's Tennis - Sat, May. 4, 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe College men's tennis team picked up its 30th win of the year on Saturday, as it defeated Wartburg 5-0 in the semifinals of the IIAC Automatic Qualifier Tournament.

The Kohawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play. At number one doubles, senior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and sophomore Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) defeated Eric Hilpert and Blayne Willadsen 8-2. Coe went up 2-0 as freshmen Yasushi Inoue (Kokubunji, Tokyo/Waseda) and Ryan Hickman (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson) downed Yusuf Chowdhry and Brian Rasmussen 8-3. The final doubles win came at number three, as senior Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) and junior Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) beat Josh Trueblood and Dayton Stevens 8-5.

Coe's two singles wins came at two and three. At number two, freshman Riley Galbraith (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) downed Rasmussen 6-1, 6-0. At number three singles, Inoue defeated Hilpert 6-0, 6-1 for the victory.

With the victory, Coe improved to 30-1 on the year. The Kohawks will host second-seeded Luther in the IIAC Championship match on Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at Noon at the Clark Racquet Center.