INDIANOLA, Iowa – Simpson gave its head coach his first league win, beating Dubuque, 5-4 on Saturday morning. Simpson lost the second match of the day to Loras, also by a 5-4 final.
The Storm (4-11, 1-1 Iowa Conference) hit the road next weekend, with matches at Luther and at Wartburg on Saturday, April 13.
Match 1: Simpson 5, Dubuque 4
Simpson used a strong showing in singles play to beat Dubuque 5-4 in its conference opener on Saturday morning.
The Storm won the top three singles matches and won four of six overall to notch their first conference win under second-year head coach T.J. Cox.
Hook beat Demetrius Johnson 6-2, 6-4, Kusick topped Nikolay Gospodinov 6-1, 6-0, Reitrgraf knocked off Michael Brade 6-2, 6-2 and Billings edged Trevor Calahan 6-4, 6-3 in singles. Kusick and Reitrgraf handled Dishon Deering and Calahan 8-2 at No. 2 singles.
Match 2: Loras 5, Simpson 4
Simpson came up short in its bid to start the Iowa Conference season 2-0 with a 5-4 loss to Loras on Saturday afternoon.
The Storm split the singles competition but dropped two of three doubles matches in the loss.
Kusick, Reitgraf and Billings all improved to 2-0 on the day with singles wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6, respectively. Kusick beat Brian Falvey 6-4, 6-2, Reitgraf beat Noah Schmall 6-3, 6-1 and Billings topped Garett Prusha, 6-3, 6-4.
The team of Kusick and Reitgraf came away with Simpson's only doubles win, cruising past Schmall and Ulises Hernandez 8-2 at No. 2.