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Cobber netmen work towards better season next year
The Concordia College men's varsity tennis team spent the season playing "tough competition" rather than picking up early victories against lesser-rated schools. Why, especially since Concordia lost a lot of its players to graduation last year, and coach Kent Stadum knew the team would be young and inexperienced?
"That's why," Stadum explained. "We needed to get some good college experience. Our goal wasn't to finish on top this year, we knew we couldn't. But all the players will be returning next year and our experience should give us a good season in 1979."
The Cobbers finished with an 8-9 won-lost season record, placed seventh in the ten-school Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) meet, and fifth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 13 competition. The season's highlight came early. In opening competition against Moorhead State University, the Cobbers blanked the Dragons 9-0. Juniors Brent Reichert and Chuck Olson of Crookston, Minn., and Bob Lund of Moorhead won in straight sets, as did sophomore Rodger Hagen of Moorhead and freshman Pete Simonson of Madison, Wis. The Concordia doubles team of Chuck Olson-Rodger Hagen also won against the Dragons in straight sets, and the Cobbers came back in the other two doubles matches to claim victory.
In conference play held recently at the College of St. Thomas (St. Paul,
Minn.), Gustavus Adolphus College retained the tennis crown, its ninth
MIAC tennis title in 10 years. Concordia lost in the early rounds of competition.
Finishing behind the Golden Gusties were St. John's University in
second and St. Thomas in third. At number one singles, Reichert's loss
to Augsburg in the opening round was an upset of the conference.
Rated high all season, the top seeded Cobber ace finished regular season
action with a 14-3 won-lost record. Coach Stadum felt the Cobbers
had gained some experience before the conference and did show improvement.
"But the other schools were just too good for us this year," he said.