CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - For the sixth-straight season, the Coe College men's tennis team has won the Iowa Conference Automatic Qualifier to lock up a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After a first round bye, Coe beat Wartburg in the semifinals. At number one doubles, Josh Pudlo (Lakewood, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) and Luke Ford (Otsego, Mich./Otsego) beat Brandon Hornback and Connor Barnard 8-6. Brady Anderson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar) and Nate Greiner (Polk City, Iowa/North Polk) picked up an 8-0 win at number two doubles against Fumiya Kitahara and Sam Nettleton. The victory was the 150th career win for Anderson. Coe's final doubles win came at number three, as James McManus (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) and Nate Ackert (Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington) beat Jeremy Ellerby and Will McDonald 8-0.
The race to a singles win was on, as Chad Moklestad (Boone, Iowa/Boone) picked up the first one at number six singles. Moklestad picked up his 40th singles win and 75th total win of his career with a 6-0, 6-0 win over McDonald. McManus earned the other win for the victory, as he beat Kitahara 6-1, 6-0 at number three singles.
In the championship match, Coe trailed 2-1 after doubles play. McManus and Ackert earned the only win at number three, as they beat Brian Murman and Kenny Goins 8-2. The win was the 40th career doubles win for Ackert.
At number one singles, Anderson, ranked 32nd in the nation, beat Kyle Appel 6-4, 7-6. Anderson moved into a tie for eighth in school history with his 26th singles win of the year. With his 10th-straight singles win, Anderson is now tied for 10th in school history with 79 career singles victories. At number two singles, Ackert beat Trent Schneider 6-4, 6-4. At number three singles, McManus was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Anders Jensen. The final win came from Alex Bernt (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus), ranked 48th in the nation, at number five singles. He beat Murman 6-1, 6-4 for his 83rd career singles win, as he moved into a tie for sixth in school history.
The win sends the Kohawks to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history and for the sixth-straight year. Coe will find out its opponent and destination on Monday for the NCAA Tournament.