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Aquinas hands Foresters 8-1 loss

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Up against a tough Aquinas College squad, the Forester men’s tennis team was on the losing end of an 8-1 decision to drop to 1-3 on the year.

Despite the lopsided score, head coach Kreg Eckert was pleased with his team’s performance. “We played our best match of the year. We were playing who I would consider our best opponent of the year. We have been working on taking the ball early, being aggressive and closing out points, and we were doing all those things but came up short in most matches.”

The Foresters’ lone win came at No. 1 doubles where Joseph Straznicky and Ignacio Poncio outlasted Daymon Johnson and Gunnar Peery, 8-5, to set the stage for what could be a rematch at the National ITA Qualifier next week.

HU hits the road again on Thursday for its second conference match against Grace at 4:00 p.m.

No. 1 Kristoff Saari (AC) def.  Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 Daymon Johnson (AC) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 6-7, 6-4 (13-11)
No. 3. Andy Struble (AC) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Gunnar Peery (AC) def. Volodymyr Kohut (HU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Evan Taylor (AC) def. Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 6 Chase Peery (AC) def. Daniel Strom (HU) 6-1, 6-3

No. 1 Straznicky/Ignacio (HU) def. Johnson/Peery (AC) 8-5
No. 2 Saari/Will Buurma (AC) def. Martinez/Zadeikis (HU) 8-2
No. 3 Ryan Fedewa/Peery (AC) def. Kohut/Strom (HU) 8-0

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.