INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson men's tennis team split a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday at Buxton Tennis Complex, falling 8-1 against Morningside before recovering with an 8-1 win over Grand View.
The Storm (3-9 overall) coasted against the Vikings, sweeping doubles competition and taking five of six singles matches.
The singles competition provided more of the same as the Storm won in straight sets at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5.
Summitt beat Norris 6-0, 6-2 at the top spot, Hook beat Stites 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 and Schneider took care of Diep 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3. Armstrong kept Andrew Thierer off the board at No. 5, winning 6-0, 6-0. Michael Rundle won by forfeit at No. 6 singles and Blake Billings suffered a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Tony Loffredo at No. 4.
Wins were harder to come by against the Mustangs in the first match of the day. Hook's 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 defeat of Reid Rosen at No. 2 singles stood as Simpson's only win of the match. Summitt battled Austin Grundy at No. 1 singles before falling 7-5, 6-3 and the team of Hook and Armstrong dropped a 9-7 decision at No. 2 doubles.
The Storm return to Iowa Conference play Saturday, March 24 when they travel to Eastern Iowa for matchup with Cornell and Coe.