MADISON, Wis. – Cornell picked up consolation finals wins at No. 6 singles and No. 1 doubles at the Midwest Conference Men's Tennis Championships Saturday and Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Center.
The Rams scored 26 points over the weekend and finished seventh in the 10-team tournament, won by Grinnell with 93.
Senior Joseph Gelfand and sophomore Thomas Weiss won their final two matches Sunday in the No. 1 doubles flight, capped with an 8-4 decision over Lawrence in the consolation finals. The Ram tandem dropped a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 first-round battle to St. Norbert, but came back for an 8-6 victory in the consolation semifinals.
Sophomore Hiro Harada and junior Nolan Schillerstrom also reached the finals on the consolation side at No. 3 doubles, falling 8-6 to Lawrence. They finished 1-2 on the day, including a 9-7 consolation win over Lake Forest.
Schillerstrom led Cornell's performances in Saturday's singles tournament with a 2-1 record in the No. 6 flight. After falling to eventual champion C.J. Ray of Grinnell in the first round, Schillerstrom recorded an 8-1 consolation victory over Knox's Rohail Khan.
Schillerstrom ended his day with an 8-2 win over Lawrence's Ethan Perushek in the consolation finals. It was his 10th singles win of the spring.
Weiss at No. 2, Reyes at No. 4 and Harada at No. 5 all won their initial singles matches and finished 1-1. Weiss rallied past Carroll's Matthew Michael in the quarterfinals, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3. He was then shut out by Grinnell's Emilio Gomez in the semifinals. Weiss concluded the season with a team-high 14 singles wins.
Reyes reached the semifinals, where he dropped a 6-0, 6-1 match to Lake Forest's John Snider. Reyes earned a 6-1, 6-4 quarterfinals win and finished the season with a 13-12 record.
Harada prevailed in the first round, 6-2, 6-3. He lost in the quarterfinals – 6-0, 6-1 – to flight runner-up Marco Franco of Monmouth.
Gelfand at No. 1 and Williamson at No. 3 both finished 0-2 in their respective brackets.
The Rams wrapped up the spring campaign at 10-13 overall, 1-3 in the MWC South Division under first-year head coach Carolina Hannes.