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Marian escapes Klopfenstein Courts with 5-4 win over HU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It was an epic Crossroads League showdown Wednesday at Klopfenstein Courts with the Knights of Marian University slipping past the Forester men’s tennis team 5-4. For the second time this season, the outcome came down to #5 singles.

The final match lasting well past 10PM, eventually favored Nick Marroquin. It was a three-set thriller with HU sophomore Jacob Shelton finally conceding the loss.

Huntington started off strong with a pair of wins in doubles action before picking up two more wins at #2 and #6 singles to account for their four points.

Marian (1-0, 1-0) has gone undefeated in the Crossroads League regular season the last three years and has landed a spot at the NAIA National Tournament two straight years.

The Foresters (1-2, 1-1) have a break until Tuesday when they host Saint Francis at 3:00 p.m.

#1 - Nathan Bogle (MU) def. Ignacio Poncio (HU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
#2 - Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Ian Deiters (MU) 6-3, 6-4
#3 - Noah Roberts (MU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 7-5, 6-1
#4 - Alex Wittenbaum (MU) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2
#5 - Nick Marroquin (MU) def. Jacob Shelton (HU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1
#6 - Brody Worl (HU) def. Turner Lesnick (MU) 6-4, 6-1

#1 - Bogle/Deiters (MU) def. Poncio/Echevarria (HU) 8-6
#2 - Manzo/Martinez (HU) Roberts/Wittenbaum (MU) 9-8 (7-1)
#3 - Luke Buttermore/Shelton (HU) def. Marroquin/Max Ismoilov (MU) 8-6

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 274 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.