UPLAND, Ind. - Since he took the reins just over two years ago, Marian University head men's tennis coach Steve Mackell
has said that his team needed to be tenacious to win in the Crossroads League. They were exactly that on Tuesday as the Knights earned a hard-fought 6-3 road win over Taylor University to open the 2012-13 season.
The match opened with the singles competition and Coach Mackell's young squad did not back down from the challenge. Freshman Jack Hiatt
opened the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles to give MU a 1-0 lead. Freshman Ryan Heuer
fell in his first collegiate match at No. 1 singles, 1-6, 1-6, to allow TU to knot the score, and senior Andrew Voss
fell at No. 3 singles, 2-6, 4-6, to give TU a 2-1 lead at the halfway point of the singles competition.
Junior transfer Tyler Scanlan
quickly erased that lead with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) win at No. 5 singles and sophomore Mitchell Trammel
gave MU a 3-2 lead with a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles. Freshman Jason Denton
gave MU a 4-2 lead heading to doubles with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles. The Knights just needed a single win in the doubles competition to secure the victory.
They got the win right away as Denton teamed with junior Nicholas Batuello
at No. 3 doubles and the duo clinched the match with an 8-4 win. Voss and senior Will Dixon
fell at No. 1 doubles, 2-8, before Trammel and Scanland gave MU the 6-3 win with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles.
The Knights will return to the MU Tennis Courts on Wednesday to open the home season. MU will host Grace College at 3 p.m.