Men shake off early season rust, begin to improve

Jaime Wieme

Jaime Wieme

After a somewhat slow season start, the men’s tennis squad is now beginning to rev its engine up to full throttle. Between tough opponents and early season rust, the Jacks are beginning to show significant signs of improvement.

Last weekend the men dropped a tight 5-4 match to conference foe Minnesota State-Mankato. After losing all three doubles matches, things didn’t look good for the squad.

Then they came screaming back to win four of six singles matches, giving the Mavericks a run for their money.

Before their Mankato match-up, the Rabbits picked up their first two wins of the year against Dordt College (IA) and the University of Minnesota-Morris, respectively.

Against both opponents the Jacks showed no mercy, winning both matches 9-0.

Senior and number one singles player Ben Barnes said the team’s improvement was due to its ability, “to move practice from indoors to outdoors really helps.”

“Everyone is playing a lot more solid and consistent right now,” Barnes said.

The Rabbits have a match-up scheduled against their in-state rival, University of Sioux Falls. The match will take place at 4:00 p.m.Wednesday at McKennan Park in Sioux Falls.