In winds gusting up to 40 mph, the Lewis and Clark Trailblazers men's tennis team showed great determination in a 5-4 win over the Lindenwood - Belleville Lynx. The Blazers continued their doubles dominance dropping #1, but winning #2 and #3 in convincing fashion.
In singles, Buddy Hippen salvaged the upper half of the lineup by gutting out a tough win over a determined opponent. Hippen had won the first set behind his big serve and power mixed with defense, but fell behind 0-3 in the second before finding his stride again - patiently winning 6 of the next 7 games.
Kirk Tass and Cordell Powless showed similar resolve in the wind, consistently outlasting surges from their opponents. Nathan Stachowski finished the match with an exciting comeback, winning the second set 6-2 with dominant net attacks, but then falling in a thrilling third set tiebreaker 14-12.
LCCC 5, Lindenwood - Belleville 4
#1D: Stickler/Stachowski lost to Ludgate/Woo 8-0
#2D: Hippen/Powless won over Atwaters/Nguyen 8-3
#3D: Hawkes/Tass won over Downey/Bennett 8-3
#1S: Joe Hawkes lost to Michael Ludgate 6-3, 6-3
#2S: Kyle Stickler lost to Rodney Atwaters 6-3, 6-2
#3S: Buddy Hippen won over Doung Woo 6-3, 6-4
#4S: Nathan Stachowski lost to Eric Downey 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (12)
#5S: Cordell Powless won over Quoc Nguyen 6-2, 6-2
#6S: Kirk Tass won over Jacob Harrington 7-5, 6-1