CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The 35th-ranked Coe College men's tennis team earned a pair of wins Saturday, beating Carthage and Loras at the Clark Racquet Center.
In the first match of the day, Coe beat Carthage 8-1. The Kohawks are ranked ninth in the central region, while the Red Men are ranked 16th. At number one doubles, 12th-ranked Herman Abban and Pawel Jaworski beat Brady Anderson and Josh Pudlo 8-4. James McManus and Nate Ackert beat Lukasz Jaworski and Chris Conley 8-5 at number two doubles. The final doubles win came at number three, as Alex Bernt and Luke Ford beat Fordy Leipold and Brandon Stassen 8-2. The victory was the 30th career doubles win for Bernt.
Anderson won his eighth singles match in his last 10 matches with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Abban. The match featured two top 35 players in the country, with Anderson ranked 32nd and Abban ranked 26th. Ackert downed P. Jaworski 6-4, 7-6 at number two singles, while McManus beat Conley 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at number three singles. Pudlo beat L. Jaworski 6-2, 6-3 at number four singles, while Nate Greiner beat Oscar Irazoque 6-1, 6-2 at number five singles. At number six singles, Chad Moklestad beat Leipold 6-2, 6-0 for his 30th career singles win.
In the nightcap, Coe beat Loras 9-0. It was the 30th-straight regular season win over an Iowa Conference opponent for the Kohawks, while giving Head Coach Eric Rodgers his 775th career victory. At number one doubles, Moklestad and Greiner beat Kevin Murphy and Jason Derby 8-1. Bernt and Ford downed Sean Baldwin and Riley Michel 8-3 at number two doubles, while Tyler Nelson and Tyrin Wages beat Eriz Zirzow and Quinn Cockerill 8-1 at number three doubles.
Bernt, ranked 48th in the nation, beat Derby 6-2, 6-1 at number one singles. The win was the 100th total win at Coe for Bernt. Ford beat Murphy 6-3, 6-0 at number two singles, while Greiner beat Michel 6-0, 6-1 at number three singles. Nelson was a 6-2, 7-5 winner over Baldwin at number four singles, while Wages beat Zirzow 6-0, 6-0 at number five singles. Ethan Dirksen earned the final victory of the day, beating Cockerill 6-1, 7-6 at number six singles.
The Kohawks (5-3, 2-0 IIAC) return to action March 5 in Orlando, Fla. for a pair of matches. Coe will play seven matches in the Orlando area over spring break.