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HU tennis drops season opener 8-1 to Lawrence Tech

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Inclement weather forced the HU men’s tennis team to play inside against Lawrence Tech at Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield (Mich.) Wednesday afternoon in both team’s season opener that favored the Blue Devils 8-1.

The Forester line-up consisted of two sophomores and four freshmen with sophomore Ignacio Poncio picking up his team’s only win at No. 1 singles by outlasting Sergio Lopez 7-6, 6-2.

“This was a tough loss against probably the best team we will see this fall in a dual match,” said Forester head coach Kreg Eckert. “We have a lot to grow on to prepare us for Marian next week to open conference play.”

Lawrence Tech, coming off a 19-5 record last year, moves to 1-0 on the season while Huntington drops to 0-1. Next up for the Foresters is their league opener at Marian on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

No. 1 - Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Sergio Lopez (LT) 7-6, 6-2
No. 2 - Javier Alvarez (LT) def. Rodrigo Manzo (HU) 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 - Robert Saitov (LT) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 – Jan Horstkoetter (LT) def. Dawid Baranowski (HU) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0
No. 5 - Mason Wenzel (LT) def. Lucas Buttermore (HU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0
No. 6 - Vincent Colarossi (LT) def. Jacob Shelton (HU) 6-1, 6-1

No. 1 – Lopez/Alvarez (LT) def. Poncio/Manzo (HU) 8-5
No. 2 – Horstkoetter/Wenzel (LT) def. Baranowski/Martinez (HU) 8-5
No. 3 – Colarossi/Stijn Bremer (LT) def. Joshua Deutsch/Buttermore (HU) 8-2

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.