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HU tennis suffers 7-2 loss to one of league’s top teams

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GOSHEN, Ind. - It was another tough night of tennis for the Forester men (1-6, 1-3) as they went up against the league’s second place team in Goshen College (5-1, 5-1). The Maple Leafs boast a host of upperclassmen and their experience paid off as they handed HU a 7-2 loss.

Joseph Straznicky and Jokubas Zadeikis outlasted Luis Perez and Eric Zuercher at No. 2 doubles for an 8-6 win. Zadeikis went on to win another close match at No. 5 singles in a three-set thriller over Michael Oyer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to account for HU’s final win.

“Overall we had three or four of our players play their best tennis of the season and the new players are starting to fit in and understand college tennis,” said Coach Eckert. “We have made some big improvements in aggressiveness and are attacking opponents much better to set up quick-ending points.

While Eckert is pleased with his team’s progress, his team is still a work in progress. “Unfortunately, we are missing a few of those quick points here and there causing us to lose the close matches. If we keep improving like we have so far, we will be closing out matches better and the scores will start to tilt in our favor.”

Next up for the Foresters is ITA Regionals beginning on Thursday in Grand Rapids.

No. 1 Balazs Pirot (GC) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Aritha Weerasinghe (GC) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 7-6, 6-4
No. 3 Eric Zuercher (GC) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Vasanth Palanisamy (GC) def. Volodymyr Kohut (HU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) def. Michael Oyer (GC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
No. 6 Eric Cender (GC) def. Daniel Strom (HU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

No. 1 Pirot/Jon Kaasa (GC) def. Poncio/Martinez (HU) 8-1
No. 2 Straznicky/Zadeikis (HU) def. Perez/Zuercher (GC) 8-6
No. 3 Weerasinghe/Kartikeya Sharma (GC) def. Kohut/Strom (HU) 8-6

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.