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Ryan Woodard Goes 3-1 but Regents Drop Duals

Ryan Woodard
Ryan Woodard

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University men's tennis team wrapped up the home portion of its schedule with a pair of dual meets on Saturday. The Regents began the day by hosting the Edgewood College Eagles and finished with the Marian University Sabres. Unfortunately, Rockford came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard in both of the duals dropping each by a 7-2 final.

Rockford opened its day against the NACC leading Edgewood College Eagles. Senior Ryan Woodard (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central) played extremely well in his singles match and doubles match picking up wins in both. Woodard won in straight sets in his singles match defeating his opponent 6-4, 6-4. In doubles action, Woodard and his partner Timothy Wienand (Bowie, Md./Bowie Christian) rolled through their match winning by an 8-3 score. The other close match of the morning came in #1 singles action. Senior Mladen Ubiparipovic (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem) put up a good fight against one of the top players in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, but ultimately came up short falling 6-2, 7-5.

The afternoon dual meet against the Marian University Sabres was hard fought and much closer than the 7-2 final score might indicate. Ubiparipovic won his #1 singles match defeating his opponent in convincing fashion 6-1, 6-4. Woodard continued his hot play from the morning picking up his third victory of the day with a straight set 6-4, 6-3 singles win. The other two singles matches were also decided in straight sets but were close. Following a tough first set, Sam Medina-Conchi (Milwaukee, Wis./Ronald Reagan) battled back in the second set and narrowly lost by a 6-1, 7-6 final. Wienand played a strong first set but in the end came up short dropping his match 7-5, 6-2. 

The Regents men's tennis team wraps up its season on the road next Saturday with a pair of dual meets. Rockford begins the day at MSOE and concludes its season at Wisconsin Lutheran College.