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Men's Tennis - Wed, Jun. 5, 2013
Bruno Kliskinic was an ITA All-American in 2013
Bruno Kliskinic was an ITA All-American in 2013

The Concordia men's tennis team battled through another GSAC season where three of the six teams were ranked in the top-15 nationally and the Eagles advanced to the NAIA Tournament for the sixth-straight season and sixth time in school history.

CU finished the season ranked #11 in the country and advanced to the second round of the NAIA Tournament for the second-straight season.  After going 1-1 in the National Tournament, the Eagles are now 6-6 in NAIA Tournament play.  Junior Bruno Kliskinic finished the season #19 in the country in singles according to the ITA.  Senior Micah Groom was 29th and Christian Wickenhauser was 37th.  The doubles team of Kliskinic and Wickenhauser finished 13th

"It was a struggle to replace some of the guys we lost from last year," head coach Jonathan Sanchez said.  "But the guys that came in and did a great job.  It was kind of a transition year, but I think we did ok.  I think it was a successful year."

Concordia finished the season 12-13 and 6-4 in the GSAC, finishing in third place in the conference.  The Eagles opened the season with a win at DIII Redlands and were 3-2 in the GSAC by the end of February.  CU won back-to-back matches 9-0 over Connecticut College and 9-0 over Biola on March 15 and 19.  The Eagles beat #19 McPherson (KS) 7-2 on March 27 and #12 Lewis-Clark State 6-3 on April 5.

The GSAC Tournament returned for the first time since 1999 and was held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA.  CU beat Biola 5-0 in the first round and fell to Westmont 0-5 in the second round.

CU was rated in the top-15 nationally all season and collected three top-25 victories this season.  The Eagles swept Doane (NE) 9-0 in the First Round of the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship in Mobile, AL on May 14.  The next day their season ended against #8 Lindsey Wilson 0-7. 

Junior Bruno Kliskinic (Split, Croatia), sophomore Christian Wickenhauser (Stuttgart, Germany), and senior Micah Groom (Irvine, CA) were all selected All-GSAC.  Concordia has now had 13 All-GSAC honorees and six in the Jonathan Sanchez era.  Kliskinic was 13-9 in #1 singles this season and 9-7 in #1 doubles action.  Wickenhauser was 11-5 in #2 singles.  Groom was 12-5 in #4 singles and 10-6 in #2 doubles.  They were all first time honorees.  Klikinic was an ITA NAIA All-American.

The Eagles graduated seniors Micah Groom, Jordan Hovis, and Patrick Szeremeta, but will return four of their top six players.  With a year of experience, the returning Eagles along with a new recruiting class, will help Concordia remain on the national scene in 2014.

 

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