INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University men's tennis team had its four-match winning streak snapped over the weekend after the Knights suffered a pair of defeats to Indiana Tech (5-4) and NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis (8-1) on the road on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend opened at Indiana Tech and the match turned out to be a good one. After suffering three defeats in the doubles competition, the Knights turned around and took four singles matches. However, they could not get the clinching point in the final match of the day in a tough 5-4 defeat.
Junior Tyler Scanlan
earned a victory by default after his opponent suffered an injury at No. 4 singles before freshman Ryan Heuer
turned in a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles to make the score 3-2. Sophomore Mitchell Trammel
earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles to move to 18-1 on the year and tie the score at 3-3. With the win, Trammel became the all-time single-season singles wins leader at Marian University after surpassing the record of 17 set by Clay Schneider in 2005-06.
Freshman Taylor Kinney
gave the Knights their first lead of the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles, but the Warriors were able to tie the score at 4-4 when freshman Jack Hiatt
suffered his first career defeat (16-1) at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, to make it 4-4.
The match came down to freshman Jason Denton
at No. 1 singles. Denton fought to a tiebreaker in the opening set only to fall behind after dropping the set 7-6 (7-4). He evened the match with a 6-4 win in the second set, but could not complete the team comeback after a 7-5 defeat in the decisive set. The win gave Indiana Tech the 5-4 win and sent MU to a 15-5 record on the campaign.
On Sunday, the Knights took on the Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon and suffered an 8-1 defeat at the UIndy Tennis Center. The lone victory for MU came at No. 4 singles as sophomore Mitchell Trammel
earned a 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-4) win to improve to 19-1 in 2012-13.
The Knights were looking to get back on the winning track when they traveled to Earlham College on Thursday, April 4, but the match was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, the Knights will head to Wabash College on Saturday, April 6 for a pair of matches. MU will take on Wittenberg University at 1 p.m. before taking on Wabash College at 4 p.m. in Crawfordsville, Ind.