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Foresters dominate Pilots 8-1

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. - The Forester men’s tennis team made quick work of Bethel College Tuesday afternoon by handing the Pilots an 8-1 loss. With this win, HU improves to 2-6 overall, 2-3 in league play while BC drops to 2-7 on the season, 0-4 in conference action.

“Tonight was a big and much-needed win for the guys,” said assistant coach Andy Vaught. “After a long and demanding tournament weekend at the ITAs, it was important for us to return to league play with a commanding win over a scrappy Bethel team.”

The day started with singles play where the HU crew registered all but one win. The middle of the line-up easily won in straight sets while Jacob Marci and Matt Kempt made Joseph Straznicky and Daniel Strom battle through three sets to log their wins. When all the dust had settled, Huntington started off 5-1 and used that momentum to tally all three victories in doubles action for the lopsided win.

“All of our doubles duos played solid, fundamentally-sound tennis tonight and for the first time all season, we picked up wins in all three doubles positions,” noted Vaught. “The win at three doubles was especially important for Vova as he rebounded from a difficult loss at No. 4 singles.

“Daniel also played an excellent match at No. 6 singles, outlasting a very difficult opponent by rallying back to win the third set after losing a second-set tiebreaker. I was very proud of Daniel’s performance tonight. We’ll look to extend our conference win streak this weekend when we host Spring Arbor.”

The Foresters will face the Cougars at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

No. 1 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Jacob Marci (BC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Luke Prude (BC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Giovanni Martinez (HU) def. Nick Kindig (BC) 6-1, 7-5
No. 4 Jose Morales (BC) def. Volodymyr Kohut (HU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) def. Mason Heller (BC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Daniel Strom (HU) def. Matt Kempf (BC) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4

No. 1 Straznicky/Poncio (HU) def. Prude/Kindig (BC) 8-2
No. 2 Martinez/Zadeikis (HU) def. Marci/M. Kempf 9-8 (7-4)
No. 3 Kohut/Strom (HU) def. Morales/Brad Foster (BC) 8-4

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.