Cougars struggle against Southwestern

The Trinity Lutheran tennis team played host to Southwestern (Hanover) on Thursday afternoon for senior night.

Seniors Bailey Baker, Matt Stuckwisch and Avery Schwipps and their parents were introduced before the match.

Schwipps was the only senior that was able to celebrate his special night with a win as he teamed up with Noah Voelker to defeat Connor Rowe and Decklan Pappang 4-6, 7-6, 10-5 at No. 2 doubles.

Cougars coach Mark Voss said Schwipps and Voelker did a nice job of coming back to get the win after dropping the first set.

“It’s always nice to get a point on the board,” Voss said. “I just wish we could get going a little faster, but for some reason we don’t.

“But hey, they played tough, they came back in the second set and battled through the third (in a super tiebreaker).”

Stuckwisch fell 6-0, 6-4 to Nick Robinson at No. 3 singles.

“They were evenly matched,” Voss said. “They are both good players. They were making each-other stretch out a lot on points, which unfortunately for Matt was not what we needed out of him today because he’s got a little injury going on and it only got worse after today’s match, so I don’t know where we stand with him just yet.

“He was competitive there in the second set. He went down 6-4 in the second set so I can’t really complain about his effort.”

Baker lost to Mick Abbott 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Trinity’s Jace Crockett fell to Eric Emerick 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

“We just couldn’t make any inways on those two courts tonight,” Voss said. “(Abbott and Emerick) were both good, talented players. Sometimes you have those days.

“No. 1 doubles about the same story. They were a little bit upset with themselves the way they played and that’s a good thing. Maybe they can figure that out and start listening and do a little bit more the next time when we go out Monday night.”

Trinity’s Pierce McCammon and Hunter Morgan lost 6-1, 6-1 to Anthony Atwood and Ryan Brockman.

The Cougars are 1-13 heading into their final season match Monday at Borden.

Voss said the Cougars need move the ball around more and make their opponents run.

“We seem to have the same reoccurring problem,” he said. “We spend too much time hitting the ball back to the person where they’re standing, instead of making them move and exert energy also. We end up hitting the ball right smack back to them too much.”