Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northern Kentucky University men’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Thursday as Drury University knocked off the Norse by a 5-3 final in the first round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Region tournament.
NKU (15-9) was the 6th-ranked team in the Midwest Region tournament and were awarded three points in the team standings as Drury did not have enough players to fill spots in the fifth and sixth singles flights and the third doubles flight.
Drury (17-7), who has just four players on the roster, got two quick points in the doubles portion of the match as Ivan Marevic and Nahom Serekeberhan downed Fritz Dlabik and Lee Lonergan 8-4 in first flight action while Antonia Garcia Santos and Alex Kacamakis drilled Tyler Fraser and Will Knoll 8-1.
The day went sour for the Norse once doubles play started as Drury swiftly claimed three singles points to earn the team victory.
Dlabik ended his NKU career with a 6-2, 5-2 loss to Kacamakis. Dlabik compiled a 13-8 record during his senior season.
Felipe Rossetti, who also played in his final match for NKU, was quickly dispatched by Serekeberhan 6-1, 6-2. Freshman Ricardo Weaver was the only other Norse player to have a completed match as he lost to Garcia Santos 6-1, 6-0. Knoll was trailing in his singles match but it was left unfinished once the team match was decided.