INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University men's tennis team battled back from a 4-2 deficit, but were unable to complete the comeback in a 5-4 defeat to Georgetown College (Ky.) at the Marian University Tennis Courts on Friday afternoon.
The Knights fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Tigers opened their season with the victory.
The two teams were able to avoid the severe weather that hit Indianapolis during the late evening hours for eight of the nine matches. But, the ninth and and decisive match hit a snag.
Junior Tyler Scanlan
and Georgetown's Jacob Loveland, playing the No. 5 singles match, were victimized by the rain. The two went toe-to-toe for three sets, but, prior to the third set, the match underwent a delay. The MU coaches scrambled and Five Seasons Country Club came through with a court for the third and final set. Scanlan won the first set, 6-2, but Loveland answered with a 6-2 win in the second set. Then, the thunderstorm that held off for a while finally hit.
The duo, along with their teammates, traveled to the Five Seasons Country Club for the final set. The two went back-and-forth in the final set as the both held serve until Scanlan broke Loveland to take a 5-4 lead. Loveland answered and the two held serve again to send it to a seven-point tiebreaker. They exchanged points until it was 5-5 and Loveland won the final two points to secure the positional win and, ultimately, the 5-4 team victory.
The teams opened the match with the doubles competition in which Georgetown took a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Mitchell Trammel
and Scanlan opened the match with an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles, but seniors Will Dixon
and Andrew Voss
fell at No. 1 doubles, 4-8. The No. 3 doubles team of junior Nicholas Batuello
and freshman Jason Denton
were forced into a tiebreaker. The duo fell in the tiebreaker and dropped the match, 9-8.
The Knights would have to win four of the five singles matches and it looked as if they might pull it off. Freshman Jason Denton
won at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-4, before freshman Ryan Heuer
fell at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 3-6. Voss fell at No. 3 singles, 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
Trammel came from a set down at No. 4 singles to earn a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win before freshman Jack Hiatt
tied the score at 4-4 with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. The rain held off long enough for Hiatt to pick up the win, but it was not enough.
The Knights will get back into action on Saturday when they head to Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Mich. First serve is slated for 1 p.m.