Hastings College defeated Nebraska Wesleyan, 5-2, in the GPAC Men's Tennis Tournament semifinals on Saturday morning (May 8) in Fremont, Neb. The loss ends the season for the NWU men's tennis team.
The Prairie Wolves finished the 2010 season with a 8-13 overall record.
NWU opened up the GPAC Tournament with a 8-1 victory over Doane College in the first round of the tournament. The Prairie Wolves put up a dominant performance over the rival Tigers. NWU swept all three doubles matches, then took five of the six singles matches. The only loss was at no. 1 singles.
In the five Prairie Wolves singles wins, NWU won all five matches in two sets not allowing Doane to win any sets.
The win set up a rematch with top-seeded Hastings College in the GPAC Semifinals. The Broncos had defeated NWU, 8-1, earlier in the season so the Prairie Wolves knew it would be a challenge.
Nebraska Wesleyan's No. 1 doubles team of Nate Hoppe/Michael Larsen won their match 8-3, but the Broncos won the other two doubles matches. Hoppe then came back to win his singles match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, but that would be the only other victory for NWU as the match ended 5-2.
The Nebraska Wesleyan men will look to get back to the top of the GPAC next season as the Prairie Wolves do not lose any of their top six players from this season's squad.