For the Prairie Fire men’s tennis team, the first two matches couldn’t have been any different.
After starting their season with a 9-0 drubbing of Edgewood College on Saturday, the Prairie Fire were blanked by the University of Dubuque.
Against Edgewood, the Prairie Fire were flawless, prevailing in all six singles matches and three doubles matches. Number one singles player junior Erik Hane dominated Edgewood’s John D’Orazio 6-0, 6-0. Only one singles match against Edgewood went to a third set, as number three sophomore David Ham beat Max Divelbiss 6-4, 2-6, 10-4.
But against Dubuque, the Prairie Fire could not get anything going. Again, only one singles match went to a third set, as Dubuque’s number four Chris Matteson beat Knox’s junior Kenton Tilford 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.
Knox (1-1) will compete in this weekend’s Principia Invite in Elsah, Ill. on Friday and Saturday. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both days.
Swimmers struggle in final conference tune-up
In their last competition before the Midwest Conference Championship, the Prairie Fire finished third in a triangular with conference foes Beloit College and Carroll University.
The women’s team finished with 60 points, just 12 behind Carroll. Beloit dominated the meet with 124 points. The men’s team finished with 49 points, far behind Carroll’s 92 and Beloit’s 96.
Sophomore Zoey Kudla finished in first place in two meets, the 200 yard and 400 yard individual medley races. Junior Tory Kassabaum won the 500 yard freestyle and finished in second place in the 100 yard freestyle. She also took third in the 100 yard backstroke.
Freshman Alex Jandernoa earned 9 points for the Prairie Fire in the 1,650 yard freestyle—as he was the only swimmer competing. Junior Tyler O’Neill won the 200 yard backstroke and finished second in the 100 yard butterfly.
The Prairie Fire will be in action again at the Midwest Conference Championship on Feb. 18 and 19, hosted by Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Grinnell College on Monday, Feb. 14 in rescheduled contests postponed from last week’s snowstorm. In addition to the Grinnell men’s unique style of “run-and-gun” offense, one of the major draws to Memorial Gymnasium will be cancer awareness.
In a promotion known as “Play for the Cure,” the teams will don pink warm-ups for the games in an effort to promote cancer awareness.
Game time is 5 p.m. for the women, followed shortly by the men’s game at 7 p.m.