Wildcats sweep weekend with inspired singles play

Nina Mandell

Despite being two of the youngest members of the men’s tennis team, sophomore Adam Schaecterle and freshman Willy Lock know the support of their teammates can carry during in tough situations.

The two underclassmen sealed a 4-3 victory against No. 25 Pepperdine after the Wildcats were down by as much as 3-1.

NU lost the doubles point after its No. 2 doubles team dropped its match in a tie-breaker, but the Cats pulled within reach of the Waves with in singles play. Victories from junior Tommy Hanus and freshman Christian Tempke playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles’ spots got the Cats on the board.

Then, with the rest of the matches long over, all eyes were on Lock and Schaecterle.

Lock, enjoyed added support from a substantial private fan base, was working on a comeback after a 1-6 first-set loss.

“I started to focus more,” he said. “He started getting tired and he just got more and more tired and I got more focused.”

Schaecterle, who was playing on the adjacent court, credited his teammate’s victory to a mantra they recite together before every match.

“Before every game, Willy and I say ‘coraz