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HU tennis goes 1-1 over weekend

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s tennis team hosted a doubleheader Saturday at Klopfenstein Courts. The Foresters swept Bethel 9-0 before losing to a talented Aquinas College squad 8-1.

The win over the Pilots marks Huntington’s second shutout of the year. It also marked their second straight league win to improve to 4-2 in Crossroads action for the fourth spot in the standings.

With just a short break, the Foresters took to the courts again to face an Aquinas crew who finished last year ranked 10th nationally.

While the final results heavily favored the Saints, Coach Eckert was pleased with how competitive his crew was. “All of the doubles matches were neck and neck until the last two games in each spot.  

“And despite two of our players out of the singles line-up due to injury, our men fought hard. We played against a very, very good team today and how we responded shows me we are ready for our conference tournament in just over a week.”

Huntington is now 4-5 on the season. Next up is a trip to Spring Arbor on Tuesday and then a home match on Thursday against Grace.  

BETHEL COLLEGE RESULTS
SINGLES RECAP
No. 1 – Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Jacob Marci (BC) 7-6 (4), 6-1
No. 2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Luke Prude (BC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 – Dawid Baranowski (HU) def. Jose Morales (BC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 – Luke Buttermore (HU) def. Matt Kempf (BC) 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 – Mariano Echevarria (HU) def. Brad Foster (BC) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 – Jacob Shelton (HU) def. Sid Petersen (BC) 6-3, 6-2

DOUBLES RECAP
No. 1 – Poncio/Echevarria (HU) def. Marci/Kempf (BC) 8-2
No. 2 – Manzo/Martinez (HU) def. Foster/Prude (BC) 8-2
No. 3 – Baranowski/Buttermore (HU) def. Morales/Brian Shembarger (BC) 8-2

AQUINAS COLLEGE RESULTS
SINGLES RECAP
No. 1 – Gunnar Perry (AC) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 5-7, 6-2, (11-9)
No. 2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Chase Perry (AC) 7-6 (2), 6-3
No. 3 – Will Buurma (AC) def. Luke Buttermore (HU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Kilian Salgado Pasantes (AC) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-4, 7-6 (2)
No. 5 – Kenny Garstecki (AC) def. Jacob Shelton (HU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 – Evan Taylor (AC) def. Brody Worl (HU) 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES RECAP
No. 1 – G. Perry/C. Perry (AC) def. Poncio/Echevarria (HU) 8-6
No. 2 – Buurma/Pasantes (AC) def. Manzo/Giovanni Martinez (HU) 8-5
No. 3 – Garstecki/Ryan Fedewa (AC) 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.