INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University men's tennis team could not overcome a 2-1 deficit after doubles as the Knights fell to Indiana Wesleyan University, 5-2, at the UIndy Tennis Center on Wednesday night.
The Knights finish the 2012 Crossroads League regular season with a 8-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Crossroads League. The match clinched IWU at least a share of the regular season crown. MU will finish the season no lower than third in league play. Head coach Steve Mackell
's Knights improved from sixth place in 2011-12 to third in 2012-13.
Junior Nick Batuello and freshman Jason Denton
opened the match with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles before seniors Will Dixon
and Andrew Voss
dropped their match at No. 1 doubles, 4-8. Sophomore Mitchell Trammel
and junior Tyler Scanlan
fell at No. 2 doubles, 6-8, to give IWU the 2-1 lead after the doubles competition.
The singles competition was going to decide the fate of the Knights and Wildcats. If MU pulled out four singles wins, they would win a share of the Crossroads League regular season title. If IWU won three singles matches, they earn a share of the title as well.
Freshman Ryan Heuer
fell at No. 1 singles, 1-6, 1-6, to give IWU a 3-1 lead before Voss fell at No. 3 singles, 2-6, 3-6, to make it 4-1. It was at this point that MU had a massive hill to climb with the Wildcats just one win away from the title.
Trammel denied IWU at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win, but Denton could not hold off his opponent at No. 2 singles in a tight 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 defeat at No. 2 singles to give IWU the 5-2 win. The match was stopped with No. 5 and No. 6 singles still on the court due to the late start to the match.
The Knights close the league regular season with the No. 3 seed for the 2012 Crossroads League Tournament. MU has a pair of non-league matches against St. Catharine College (Ky.) on Sept. 28 and Trine University on Sept. 29. Both matches will take place at the MU Tennis Courts with the SCC match at 4:30 p.m., and the Trine match at 11 a.m.