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HU tennis wins conference opener over USF

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - After postponing Saturday’s match against the University of Saint Francis due to rain, the HU men’s tennis team took to Klopfenstein Courts Monday to finish two matches. The Foresters headed into the morning up 4-3, needing just one win for their conference opener against the Cougars. Jokubas Zadeikis made sure that happened by running away with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Alex Stavretis at No. 5 singles to give his team the 5-4 win.

HU started behind the eight ball on Saturday by collecting just one win in doubles play but Coach Eckert got strong performances at the No. 2-5 singles spots to polish off USF and record the team’s first win of the season. With a 6-4, 6-3 win over USF’s Payton Selking, Ignacio Poncio remains undefeated at No. 2 singles. For the other three Foresters who picked up wins in solo play, it proved to be their first singles victory of the year.

“It was a tough match that could have gone either way,” said Coach Eckert. “It was a good start to our conference season and gave us a much needed boost with four of the six players being first time Foresters on the court.”

Huntington has a tough week ahead of them with three road matches starting with Aquinas on Tuesday, Grace on Thursday and Taylor on Saturday.

No. 1 Nathan Barger (USF) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Payton Selking (USF) 6-4 6-3
No. 3 Giovanni Martinez (HU) def. Evan Hart (USF) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Volodymyr Kohut (HU) def. Daniel Harrold (USF) 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) def. Alex Stavretis (USF) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 John Richter (USF) def. Mark Lewandowski (HU) 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 Barger/Selking (USF) def. Straznicky/Poncio (HU) 9-8 (7-4)
No. 2 Martinez/Zadeikis (HU) def. Harrold/Hart (USF) 9-7
No. 3 Stavretis/Richter (USF) def. Kohut/Daniel Strom (HU) 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.