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Marian cruises past HU in league opener

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Forester men’s tennis team opened up league play Wednesday afternoon at Marian University where they suffered an 8-1 loss to the three-time Crossroads League champions.

Despite the lopsided score, HU gave the Knights all they could handle – especially in doubles play where just a service break separated all three matches. However, the Foresters’ only win came at the No. 6 spot in singles action where Mariano Echevarria outlasted Anthony Kendall in a three-set thriller, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0.

“I am excited about how the team has come together, how they are starting to work hard, and pushing each other,” said Coach Eckert. “The difference over the next 6 - 7 weeks will be intensity and focus. We proved we can play with all the big teams and players, we just need to win a few more points and the outcome will be different.”

The Foresters (0-2) will face Indiana Tech in their home opener slated for September 8 at 4:30 p.m.

SINGLES RECAP
No. 1 – Marty Pochop (MU) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 6-3 (retired)
No. 2 – Nathan Bogle (MU) def. Rodrigo Manzo (HU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 – Danny Albert (MU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – Alex Wittenbaum (MU) def. Dawid Baranowski (HU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0
No. 5 – Ian Deiters (MU) def. Lucas Buttermore (HU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 – Mariano Echevarria (HU) def. Anthony Kendall (MU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0

DOUBLES RECAP
No. 1 – Albert/Bogle (MU) def. Poncio/Manzo (HU) 8-6
No. 2 – Deiters/Pochop (MU) def. Martinez/ Echevarria (HU) 8-5
No. 3 – Patrick Holly/Wittenbaum (MU) def. Baranowski/Buttermore (HU) 8-5

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.