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HU wraps up regular season league play with 7-2 win over Grace

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington men’s tennis team wrapped up Crossroads League regular season play with a 7-2 in over the Lancers of Grace College at Klopfenstein Courts Thursday afternoon.

With this win, HU finishes with an identical record of 6-2 with Indiana Wesleyan in conference action for the second spot in the final standings but since the Wildcats beat Coach Eckert’s crew head-to-head, the Foresters will be the No. 3 seed in the league tourney. Huntington will open up postseason by hosting 6th-seeded Spring Arbor University on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Headlining today’s contest was Ignacio Poncio’s win, a three-set thriller, against Kurkulin at No. 1 singles. Kurkulin entered the day as the only undefeated #1 in the conference and the ITA Regionals singles champion.

“We are playing some of our best tennis right now,” said Coach Kreg Eckert. “We only lost two sets in our six singles matches and are playing much more aggressively in both singles and doubles. This is a fantastic finish for our young team which includes four first-year players and two second-year players.”

HU (6-5) is slated to host Cornerstone University on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

SINGLES RECAP
No. 1 – Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Danila Kurkulin (GrC) 6-3, 2-6 (10-6)
No. 2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Uros Pajic (GrC) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Gabe Vervynckt (GrC) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 4-6, 7-6 (9-7)
No. 4 – Dawid Baranowski (HU) def. Adam Yoder (GrC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – Luke Buttermore (HU) def. Arturo Fonseca (GrC) 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 – Mariano Echevarria (HU) def. Conner Bates (GrC) 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES RECAP
No. 1 – Kurkulin/C. Yoder (GrC) def. Poncio/Echevarria (HU) 8-5
No. 2 – Manzo/Martinez (HU) def. Pajic/Vervynckt (GrC) 8-6
No. 3 – Baranowski/Jacob Shelton (HU) def. A. Yoder/Bates (GrC) 8-4

ADDITIONAL MATCH
Tim Sprunger (HU) def. Caleb Yoder (GrC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.