INDIANAPOLIS - The third-seeded Marian University men's tennis team had to battle a strong sixth-seeded Goshen College team, but earned a 5-3 victory in the opening round of the 2012 Crossroads League Tournament at West Indy Racquet Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The Knights improved to 11-3 on the season, while the Leafs fell to 5-7-1 in 2012-13.
The Knights and Maple Leafs opened the match with singles play and it turned out that doubles would decide the match. The two teams played to a 3-3 draw after the six singles matches were completed.
Freshman Ryan Heuer
fell at No. 1-singles, 3-6, 2-6, but sophomore Mitchell Trammel
brought MU even with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4-singles. Freshman Jack Hiatt
earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6-singles to make it 2-1 before senior Andrew Voss
earned a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3-singles to make it 3-1.
Junior Tyler Scanlan
fell at No. 5-singles, 6-7 (3-7), 5-7, before freshman Jason Denton
fell in another three-set match, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, at No. 2-singles to make it 3-3. That meant it all came down to doubles who could earn a pair of points in the three doubles matches.
Trammel and Scanlan dispatched their opponents at No. 2-doubles, 8-5. Senior Will Dixon
and Voss clinched the match with an 8-4 win at No. 1-doubles to send MU to the semifinals of the tournament. Junior Nick Batuello and Denton were knotted at 6-6 at No. 3-doubles before the teams ran out of time on the courts.
The Knights will be making its first trip to the semifinals since the team format was instituted in 2010. The No. 3-seeded Knights will head to No. 2-seeded Grace College (8-2), which won 7-2 over Taylor on Tuesday, on Thursday afternoon. First serve is slated for 3 p.m.
The Lancers got the best of the Knights in a tight 6-3 result in the second match of the season.