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HU comes up short against top-seeded Marian

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Marian University men’s tennis team clinched its second consecutive Crossroads League regular season championship Wednesday afternoon with a 7-2 win over Huntington at Klopfenstein Courts . With this win, the Knights (8-1) wrap up league play with an unblemished record of 8-0.

With one conference match remaining, the Foresters (4-7, 3-4) are currently sitting in 6th place in the league standings.

Marian opened up play with two quick wins at #2 and #3 doubles but the HU duo of Joseph Straznicky and Ignacio  Poncio made sure it wasn’t a sweep by fighting off Jason Denton and Marty Pochop at the No. 1 spot for a thrilling 9-8 (7-0) win.

Taking a point into singles play, the Foresters played some of their best tennis of the year but came up short in all but one match for the 7-2 loss. Poncio was the lone Forester to pick up a win in singles play, a 6-3, 7-5 decision, over Marty Pochop at the No. 2 spot.

“The way the team played tonight was very encouraging,” said Coach Eckert. “We have Indiana Wesleyan, ranked 3rd in the league standings, coming to HU tomorrow night.

“Tomorrow night is what we have been working for all season, playing a higher ranked team at the end of the season - especially when we are playing at our best and the final match can have a big impact on the conference tournament seeding..”

The match-up with the Wildcats is slated for 4:00 p.m.

No. 1 Jason Denton (MU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Marty Pochop (MU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 3 Danny Albert (MU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Jack Hiatt (MU) def. Vova Kohut (HU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 Alex Wittenbaum (MU) def. Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 Ryan Heuer (MU) def. Daniel Strom (HU) 6-1, 6-0

No. 1 Straznicky/Poncio (HU) def. Denton/Pochop (HU) 9-8 (7-0)
No. 2 Albert/Wittenbaum (MU) def. Martinez/Zadeikis (HU) 8-4
No. 3 Kohut/Strom (HU) def. Hiatt/Taylor Kinney (MU) 8-1

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.