GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Marian University men's tennis team sent a quartet of student-athletes to the 2012 Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships over the weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich., and they turned in a strong performance.
The Knights endured a tough draw, but a pair of freshmen came through in singles, while a pair of seniors competed well in doubles.
Freshman Jason Denton
had a strong first career trip to the regional. He earned a first round victory over 13th-seeded Wes Young of Taylor, 6-0, 6-1, before a second round win over Akiri Kuwada of Northwestern Ohio, 6-0, 5-7, 10-5. Ultimately, Denton, who stayed in the main draw with the two wins, fell to fourth-seeded Thomas Calderone of Spring Arbor, 1-6, 5-7, in the third round.
Freshman Ryan Heuer
also performed well for the Knights. After he fell in his opening round match, 1-6, 5-7, to second-seeded Daniel Rueda of Northwestern Ohio, Heuer marched through the consolation draw and earned a berth in the semifinals. He defeated Wes Nitzsche of Taylor, 6-1, 5-7, 10-5, in the first round of the consolation draw. He followed that with a 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 win over Davenport's Tyler Chambers to earned a berth in the third round. He defeated Daniel Stoddard of Indiana Wesleyan, 6-2, 6-3, in round three before he fell 6-1, 4-6, 6-10 to Cornerstone's Austin Hunt in the consolation draw semifinals.
Seniors Andrew Voss
and Will Dixon
fell in their opening round match to fourth-seeded Hendrick and Saari of Aquinas college, 0-8. They proceeded to earn an 8-3 win over Goshen's Thiago Amaral and Daniel Buschert in the consolation draw first round, but fell 6-8 to Tyler Chambers and Zac Chambers of Davenport in the consolation quarterfinals.
The Knights will get back into team action on Tuesday when they head to the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) for a 1 p.m. first serve.