DANVILLE, Ky. - The Marian University men's tennis team closed the 2012-13 season on a high note after the Knights won their second straight match in a tight 5-4 contest with Centre College on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights closed the season with an 18-8 overall record and finished 6-2 in the Crossroads League, which contests its league championship in the fall. The win total is the most for the program since the 2007-08 season when the Knights won 12 matches.
After falling behind 2-1 in the doubles competition, the Knights turned around and won four of the six singles matches to take the match. Sophomore Mitchell Trammel
and junior Tyler Scanlan
were the lone victors in the doubles competition as they earned an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. Freshmen Jack Hiatt
and Ryan Heuer
fell at No. 2 doubles, 8-9 (2-8), while freshman Taylor Kinney
and sophomore Willie Jansen
fell at No. 3 doubles by a 3-8 count.
Before the exciting finish, the singles competition was highlighted by sophomore Mitchell Trammel
. Trammel earned a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles to improve to a program-record shattering 24-1 on the season. He won his last 23 singles matches to shatter the single-season school record for singles wins of 17, set by Clay Schneider in 2005-06. He also shattered the single-season school record for overall wins with 24 singles wins and 13 doubles wins for a total of 37 overall victories. He broke the record of 31 set by Jesse Martin in 2007-08.
Freshman Taylor Kinney
earned the win at No. 5 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, while sophomore Willie Jansen
earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles. Hiatt finished his rookie season with an 18-4 record after a 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 3-6 defeat at No. 2 singles before Scanlan fell at No. 4 singles, 0-6, 0-6. The match would be decided at No. 1 singles.
Freshman Ryan Heuer
had to go to a third set tiebreaker, but he was able to clinch the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) win to give MU the 5-4 victory. It was the team's fourth 5-4 win this season and the seventh of the campaign.
Head coach Steve Mackell
, the 2012-13 Crossroads League Coach of the Year, closed the season with his winningest record of his three-year career. Freshman Jason Denton
earned All-Crossroads League honors for MU.