No. 4 Cougars bump No. 5 HU from tourney

SPRING ARBOR, Mich - Playing its best tennis of the year, 4th-seeded Spring Arbor University knocked 5th-seeded Huntington University out of postseason play with a 7-2 win over the Foresters in first round action of the Crossroads League Tournament Tuesday afternoon.

After dropping their first two matches of the year, the Cougars are currently riding an eight-game win streak and advance to the semifinals on Thursday where they will face top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University.

It was sweet revenge for HU’s #1 duo of Vlad Khudziy and Jose Hungria as they finally knocked off Thomas Calderone and Aaron Mayes 8-6 after losing the last four matches to the Cougar powerhouses.

Diego Inurritegui registered the only other win for the Foresters as he beat Nathan Scholten in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. With this win, Inurritegui finished with an unblemished record of 9-0 in conference play.

The Foresters (5-7) wrap up the fall season with a road match against Tiffin University on October 10.

Singles Recap
1. Thomas Calderone (SAU) def. Vlad Khudziy (HU) 7-6, 6-3
2. David Darling (SAU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Aaron Mayes (SAU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Nathan Scholten (SAU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Michael Darling (SAU) def. Arjun Bhalla (HU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Matt Wojtkowski (SAU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Recap
1. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Calderone/Mayes (SAU) 8-6
2. D. Darling/Scholten (SAU) def. Straznicky/Inurritegui (HU) 8-6
3. John Hall/Jesse DeBoer (SAU) def. Sparks/Jacob Cross (HU) 9-8 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. 


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director