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Foresters suffer 6-3 loss to IWU

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MARION, Ind. – After dropping all three doubles matches including a thrilling 9-7 decision at the No. 2 spot, the HU men’s tennis team lost 6-3 to the Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University (4-2, 4-2) Tuesday afternoon at Sutter Tennis Center.

The loss drops the Foresters (2-4) to 2-2 in league play but their hunt for one of the top spots remains as currently only two matches separate the 2nd place team from the 7th place team.

Huntington captured wins at three of the top four spots in singles play with all three wins decided in straight sets. Ignacio Poncio took care of Juan Pedro at #1 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Rodrigo Manzo made quick work of Tyler Abbott, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot while Dawid Baranowski defeated Jacob Rankin, 6-1, 6-3, at #4 singles.

“We are getting better every week, trying to incorporate some changes and learnings,” said Coach Kreg Eckert. “They should continue to pay off as we are probably the youngest starting lineup in the conference.”

The Foresters return to Klopfenstein Courts on Thursday to host Goshen at 4:30 p.m.

No. 1 – Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Juan Pedro (IWU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Tyler Abbott (IWU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Joel Montgomery (IWU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 2-6, 5-2 (retire)
No. 4 – Dawid Baranowski (HU) def. Jacob Rankin (IWU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 – Austin Christner (IWU) def. Luke Buttermore (HU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 – Andrew Block (IWU) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-1, 6-3

No. 1 – Niko Rongos/Christner (IWU) def. Poncio/Echevarria (HU) 8-3
No. 2 – Montgomery/Abbott (IWU) def. Martinez/Manzo (HU) 9-7
No. 3 – Rankin/Block (IWU) def. Baranowski/Buttermore (HU) 8-4

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.