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HU wraps up regular season as the 6th seed for the CL tourney

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - So it’s said, history tends to repeat itself and that appears to be the case for the HU men’s tennis team. After suffering an 8-1 loss to Indiana Wesleyan Thursday in the last regular season match of the fall, the Foresters will turn around and face the Wildcats (7-2, 6-2) on Tuesday in first round action of the Crossroads League tournament.

Thursday’s match locked in IWU at the No. 3 spot while HU slips into the No. 6 spot for the league tourney.

The Wildcats brought a five-game win streak to Klopfenstein Courts and didn’t seem to miss a beat except at No. 1 doubles where Joseph Straznicky and Ignacio Poncio  fought their way to an impressive 8-6 win over Gavin White and Leonard Mathews. No. 2 doubles also proved to be a battle to the bitter end that eventually favored the IWU duo of Tyler Abbott and Daniel Smith, 8-6, over Giovanni Martinez and Jokubas Zadeikis.

With this loss, Huntington drops to 4-8 overall, 3-5 in league play.

No. 1 Leonard Mathews (IWU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Gavin White (IWU) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Tyler Abbott (IWU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Joel Montgomery (IWU) def. Vova Kohut (HU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Austin Christner (IWU) def. Jokubas Zadeikis (HU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 Caleb Cottrell (IWU) def. Daniel Strom (HU) 6-2, 6-1

No. 1 Straznicky/Poncio (HU) def. White/Mathews (IWU) 8-6
No. 2 Abbott/Daniel Smith (IWU) def. Martinez/Zadeikis (HU) 8-6
No. 3 Christner/Andrew Brock def. Kohut/Strom (HU) 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.