The University of Minnesota Morris men's tennis team (1-2) split a pair of matches on Saturday, March 2, in Fridley, after falling 9-0 to Buena Vista in the season opener Friday, March 1, in Bloomington. The Cougars fell to Simpson (4-3), 9-0, before topping Crown (0-5), 6-3 Saturday.

The Cougars return to action on March 14 against North Central to open up conference action. The match is set for 3 p.m. in Lakeville, Minnesota.

UM-Morris 6, Crown 3

Against Crown, Minnesota Morris won four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches.

At No. 1 singles, Jack Flicker bested Caleb Baumann (6-2, 6-1) then Crown picked up wins at No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles as Romeo Mork defeated Cole Peters (6-1, 6-3) and Andrew Moorse topped Jason Vang (6-1, 6-1).

At No. 4 singles, Kyler Cooper battled with Travis Burg and won in tiebreaker sets by scores of 7-6 and 7-5. The Cougars recorded another thrilling victory as Gannon Youakim outlasted Joe Duffy at No. 5 singles. Youakim won the first set 6-3, then after the score was tied at 6-6 in the second set, Youakim won the 7-point tiebreaker by a score of 7-1.

Matt Laur picked up a win over Jake Sporleder (6-2, 6-2) at the No. 6 singles spot.

In doubles play, Flicker/Peters outlasted Mork/Moorse by a score of 8-6. Crown tallied an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles as Baumann/Duffy defeated Youakim/Vang.

No. 3 doubles saw Cooper/Laur pick up an 8-3 win over Sporleder/Mike Brewster.

Simpson 9, UM-Morris 0

In singles play, Zach Nelson topped Jack Flicker (6-0, 6-1), Reade Reiter defeated Cole Peters (6-1, 6-2), Matt Turnley bested Jason Vang (6-0, 6-2), Kyler Cooper fell to Brett Dewerff (6-0, 6-1), Peter Walkwitz defeated Gannon Youakim (6-1, 6-1) and Karson Richardson topped Matt Laur (6-3, 6-1).

In doubles play, Nelson/Reiter defeated Flicker/Peters (8-2), Turnley/AJ Jackson defeated Vang/Youakim (8-3) and Dewerff/Walkwitz bested Cooper/Laur (8-1).

Buena Vista 9, UM-Morris 0

The University of Minnesota Morris men's tennis team dropped its season opener to Buena Vista University (1-2), 9-0, Friday, March 1, in Bloomington.

In singles play, Cole Peters fell to John Foss (6-0, 6-0), Jack Flicker was bested by Danny Kramer (6-4, 6-1), Aaron Pluym defeated Franklin Real (6-2, 6-1), Jake Thompson topped Jason Vang(6-1, 6-0), Kyler Cooper lost to Aaron Mumm (6-0, 6-0) and Andrew Boell recorded a win against Gannon Youakim (6-3, 6-1).

In doubles play, Peters/Flicker fell to Foss/Pluym (8-0), Real/Vang lost to Kramer/Thompson (8-3), and Cooper/Youakim recorded a loss against Mumm/Kriss Mintle (8-2).