Gents Register a Pair of Losses at Conference Cluster
Friday, April 22, 2005



QUINCY, Ill.- Inclement weather forced a delay and a change in location at the Mid-Continent Conference men’s tennis cluster on Friday hosted by Western Illinois. The Gents dropped matches to league-foes Valparaiso and UMKC at the Quincy Racquet Club. The pair of losses drops the Gents to a 2-14, 1-4 record.

In the morning contest, Valparaiso (6-12, 3-1) won two of the doubles matches, taking the third by default to claim the doubles point.

Centenary went on defaulting the sixth singles spot to give the Crusaders the automatic lead. Valpo’s Nic Kooyers and David Bukowski registered wins at the No.1 and No. 5 spots respectively to earn the 4-0 victory.

In the second match of the day, Centenary battled UMKC (5-7, 4-0) to the edge in doubles. Brain Roberts and Russ Patrick posted their first league No. 1 doubles win over UMKC’s Richard Harrison and Grant Gelina, 8-5, but the Kangaroos were able to take the crucial No. 2 match for the point.

In individual play, Arthur Okura defeated Justin Ghani, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 slot but, it wasn’t enough as UMKC’s top three players were able to seal the 6-1 triumph, recording wins in their respective matches to remain undefeated in conference play.

Centenary will return to the courts tomorrow morning for their final day of play at the conference cluster. The top four teams advance to the Mid-Con Championships next weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. to fight for the conference crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

RESULTS:

Valparaiso 4, Centenary 0


DOUBLES:
No. 1 – Dunham-Freer/Mike Shideler (Valpo) def. Roberts/Patrick, 8-2
No. 2 – Kooyers/Shabbi Kahn (Valpo) leading Pinto/Okura, 6-4 DNF
No. 3 – Joe Venegas/David Bukowski (Valpo) won by default

SINGLES:
No. 1 – Nic Kooyers (Valpo) def. Brian Roberts, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 – Ben Dunham–Freer (Valpo) up 6-4, 1-5 against Russ Patrick, SUSPENDED
No. 3 – Joe Venegas (Valpo) up 6-4 against Josh Pinto, SUSPENDED
No. 4 – Shideler (Valpo) up 6-4 against Arthur Okura, SUSPENDED
No. 5 – Bukowski (Valpo) def. Cody Andrews, 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Mike Wagner (Valpo) wins by default 
 
UMKC 6, Centenary 1

 

DOUBLES:

No. 1 – Brian Roberts/Russ Patrick (CC) def. Richard Harrison/Grant Gelina, 8-5

No. 2 – Jon Ghani/Justin Ghani (UMKC) def. Josh Pinto/Arthir Okura, 9-7

No. 3 – Roberto Quintanilla/Joe Kane (UMKC) win by default

 

SINGLES:

No. 1 – Harrison (UMKC) def. Roberts, 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 – Gelina (UMKC) def. Patrick, 6-0, 6-3

No. 3 – Jon Ghani (UMKC) def. Pinto, 7-6, 6-3

No. 4 – Okura (CC) def. Justin Ghani, 6-3, 6-4

No. 5 – Kane (UMKC) def. Cody Andrews, 6-2, 6-2

No. 6 – Quintanilla (UMKC) wins by default