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IWU wins thriller over HU in semifinals of CL tourney

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MARION, Ind. – The 2nd-seeded Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University brought an end to the 3rd-seeded Forester men’s tennis team’s season Thursday night in semifinal action of the Crossroads League Tournament by handing HU a 5-4 loss at Sutter Tennis Center.

With this win, IWU (9-3) advances to the championship match against top-seeded Marian University on Saturday while Coach Eckert’s crew wraps up the fall portion of their schedule with a record of 7-6.

With the score deadlocked at 4-4, it came down to #1 singles where Tyler Abbott earned the Wildcats’ final point to send his team to the finals of the league tourney. The buildup to the last match was just as exciting as the Foresters pounced on an early lead with two wins in doubles action before three three-set thrillers in singles action made for the dramatic finish.

Huntington came out on top on two of the three-setters. Rodrigo Manzo outlasted Juan Pedro at No. 2 singles 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 to earn HU’s first singles point after which Dawid Baranowski slipped past Jacob Rankin 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 for what proved to be the visitors’ final point.

SINGLES RECAP
No. 1 – Tyler Abbott (IWU) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Juan Pedro (IWU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
No. 3 – Joel Montgomery (IWU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Dawid Baranowski (HU) def. Jacob Rankin (IWU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 – Austin Christner (IWU) def. Luke Buttermore (HU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Andrew Block (IWU) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES RECAP
No. 1. – Poncio/Echevarria (HU) def. Niko Rongos/Christner (IWU) 9-8 (8-6)
No. 2 – Montgomery/Abbott (IWU) def. Manzo/Martinez (HU) 9-7
No. 3 – Baranowski/Jacob Shelton (HU) def. Rankin/Block (IWU) 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.
MARION, Ind. – The 2nd-seeded Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University brought an end to the 3rd-seeded Forester men’s tennis team’s season Thursday night in semifinal action of the Crossroads League Tournament by handing HU a 5-4 loss at Sutter Tennis Center.

With this win, IWU (9-3) advances to the championship match against top-seeded Marian University on Saturday while Coach Eckert’s crew wraps up the fall portion of their schedule with a record of 7-6.

With the score deadlocked at 4-4, it came down to #1 singles where Tyler Abbott earned the Wildcats’ final point to send his team to the finals of the league tourney. The buildup to the last match was just as exciting as the Foresters pounced on an early lead with two wins in doubles action before three three-set thrillers in singles action made for the dramatic finish.

Huntington came out on top on two of the three-setters. Rodrigo Manzo outlasted Juan Pedro at No. 2 singles 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 to earn HU’s first singles point after which Dawid Baranowski slipped past Jacob Rankin 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 for what proved to be the visitors’ final point.

SINGLES RECAP
No. 1 – Tyler Abbott (IWU) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Juan Pedro (IWU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
No. 3 – Joel Montgomery (IWU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Dawid Baranowski (HU) def. Jacob Rankin (IWU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 – Austin Christner (IWU) def. Luke Buttermore (HU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Andrew Block (IWU) def. Giovanni Echevarria (HU) 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES RECAP
No. 1. – Poncio/Echevarria (HU) def. Niko Rongos/Christner (IWU) 9-8 (8-6)
No. 2 – Montgomery/Abbott (IWU) def. Manzo/Martinez (HU) 9-7
No. 3 – Baranowski/Jacob Shelton (HU) def. Rankin/Block (IWU) 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.