Strawn, Chan takes second-place finishes to lead Vikings at MWC Championships

Lawrence men's tennis action Cam Strawn
Lawrence's Cam Strawn placed second at No. 6 singles at the Midwest Conference Championships.

MADISON, Wis. -- Lawrence University men's tennis players Matt Chan and Cam Strawn led the way for the Vikings on Saturday as both finished second in their flights during the singles competition at the Midwest Conference Championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Chan, playing No. 5, got to the championship match before dropping a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Grinnell College's Michael Conlin-Brandenburg. Chan started the day with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ripon College's Marcus Austin in the quarterfinals and then stopped Illinois College's Jacob McQueen 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Strawn reached the title match at No. 6 before falling to Grinnell's Jack Lunn 6-2, 6-2. Strawn opened the day with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ripon's Daniel Garcia in the quarterfinals, and Strawn then topped St. Norbert College's Porter Beilfuss 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Three other Lawrence players reached the semifinals, and Connor Maloney won the consolation title at No. 1.

Aidan Delgado started play at No. 2 with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory over St. Norbert's Matt LaViolette before eventual champion Matt Lane of Grinnell downed Delgado in a marathon 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 semifinal match. Cade Francour opened play at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 win over Cornell College's Tom Greene in the quarterfinals, but Monmouth College's Zach Harris topped Francour 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals.

At No. 4, Evan Oriel downed Illinois College's Cam Doerr 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champ Ben Cobin of Grinnell 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals. Maloney lost his opening match in the quarterfinals but he bounced back to defeat Ripon's Drew Jorgensen 8-3 and Lake Forest College's Matt Kacyn 8-4 to take the consolation title.