FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Hitting the road for two tough Crossroads matches, the Huntington men’s tennis team lost a hard fought battle to Marian University 5-4 on Friday before the Cougars of Spring Arbor University took it to HU 8-1 on Saturday to drop the Foresters into the fifth spot in conference play.
With the threat of inclement weather, Friday’s match against the Knights was moved to the West Indy Racquet Club where things started out well for HU.
The Foresters snagged wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles but couldn’t hang on for the win as Marian stormed back to snag four of the six singles matches to claim the hard fought victory.
1. Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Ryan Heuer (MU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Jason Denton (MU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Andrew Voss (MU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Mitchell Trammel (MU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Tyler Scanlan (MU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Jack Hiatt (MU) def. Arjun Bhalla (HU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Will Dixon/Voss (MU) 8-1
2. Inurritegui/Straznicky (HU) def. Scanlan/Trammel (MU) 8-1
3. Nick Batuello/Denton (MU) def. Sparks/Bhalla (HU) 8-2
The Foresters seemed to run out of steam on Saturday when they faced the defending conference champions at Pine Ridge Racquet Club. The Cougars set the stage early by sweeping all three doubles matches before carrying their momentum into singles play where they logged five more wins to run away with the win.
Despite several closely contested matches, Diego Inurritegui was the only HU player to record a win at the No. 4 spot by defeating Nathan Scholten in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
The Foresters (3-5, 3-3) have three matches this week, including conference foes Grace and Bethel, before heading into the Crossroads League Tournament on October 2.
1. Thomas Calderone (SAU) def. Vlad Khudizy (HU) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (15-13)
2. David Darling (SAU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Aaron Mayes (SAU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Nathan Scholten (SAU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Michael Darling (SAU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Matt Wojtkowski (SAU) def. Arjun Bhalla (HU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
1. Calderone/Mayes (SAU) def. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) 8-6
2. D. Darling/Scholten (SAU) def. Straznicky/ Inurritegui (HU) 8-6
3. John Hall/Jesse DeBoer (SAU) def. Sparks/Bhalla (HU) 8-2