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Foresters win second straight with 7-2 win over Cougars

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s tennis team tallied its second consecutive league win with a 7-2 win over Spring Arbor University (2-6, 2-6) on Saturday at Klopfenstein Courts. The win bumps HU (3-6) into the 5th spot in the conference standings with a 3-3 CL record.

Heading into the day, it looked be an evenly matched contest as both teams had beaten the same teams in league play and lost to all the same teams as well. But from the get-go, the Foresters made sure that wasn’t the case as they swept doubles to take a comfortable 3-0 lead.

 The start, however, didn’t come without some excitement. Down 7-4, the No.2 duo of Giovanni Martinez and Jokubas Zadeikis won the next five games for an incredible comeback to beat Vincent McShane and Jacob Byrd 9-7.

The Foresters took that momentum into singles play with Joseph Straznicky and Ignacio Poncio coming up with easy wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to tally Huntington’s fourth and fifth win to lockup the overall victory.  HU would go on to split the next four matches to make for the 7-2 final. 

“The team is starting to take the ball earlier, become more aggressive and do better with transition shots so that we are making fewer unforced errors and winning more of the important points,” noted Coach Eckert. “Spring Arbor is very patient, very good at staying in points, and not making allot of unforced errors, so we had to be patient and do a better job of capitalizing today, and we did. 

“The real key was that we were able to get the momentum started by sweeping doubles, which is good because a lot of our practices have been focused solely on doubles play.”

The Foresters take a break from league play on Monday when they host Concordia University (Mich.) at 4:00 p.m.

No. 1 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Jesse DeBoer (SAU) 6-2 6-2
No. 2 Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Nick Romano (SAU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Giovanni Martinez (HU) def. Vincent McShane (SAU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Jacob Byrd (SAU) def. Vova Kohut (HU) 4-6, 6-2 (12-10)
No. 5 Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) def. Josh Scott (SAU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Sam Head (SAU) def. Daniel Strom (HU) 6-4, 6-1

No. 1 Straznicky/Poncio (HU) def. DeBoer/Romano (SAU) 8-4
No. 2 Martinez/Zadeikis (HU) def. McShane/Byrd (SAU) 9-7
No. 3 Kohut/Strom (HU) def. Scott/Thomas Hall (SAU) 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.