CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Simpson's first trip to the Iowa Conference Tournament since 2007 began with a 5-0 loss to Luther on Friday afternoon.
The sixth-seeded Storm (7-13) will face fifth-seeded Buena Vista in the tournament's fifth-place match Saturday at 9 a.m. The Beavers (5-13) lost to fourth-seeded Central 5-0 in the first round.
The Norse (23-6) swept doubles play and took Nos. 5 and 6 singles to advance. Luther will play Wartburg in the tournament semifinals Saturday.
1. Torstein Jystad (LUT) vs. Zach Kusick, unfinished
2. Matt Bellio (LUT) vs. Alex Hook 1-3, unfinished
3. Isaiah Mayerchak (LUT) vs. Peter Reitgraf, unfinished
4. Quinn Foley (LUT) vs. Dylan Hogan, unfinished
5. Sam Cychosz (LUT) def. Geoff Converse 6-2, 6-0
6. Matt Knutson (LUT) def. Mike Rundle 6-0, 6-0
1. Ramesh Karki/Foley (LUT) def. Kusick/Reitgraf 8-4
2. James Ayer/Kyle Appel (LUT) def. Hook/Hogan 8-2
2. Mayerchak/Jystad (LUT) def. Converse/Rundle 8-0