INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University men's tennis team had some young talent on display at the 2013 ITA Midwest Regional Championships over the weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The tournament may not have gone the way head coach Steve Mackell
would have liked, but young talent in a new environment can bring improvement.
Freshman Danny Albert
went 1-2 at the tournament. Albert fell to Aquinas' Andy Struble by a 4-6, 5-7 score before he earned a 6-4, 3-6, 14-12 win over Cornerstone's Elijah Yi in the opening round of the consolation bracket. He eventually bowed out of the tournament with a 6-4, 0-6, 3-10 defeat to Indiana Wesleyan's Gavin White. He is now 6-2 on the year in singles.
Sophomore Jason Denton
, a 2012-13 NAIA All-America second team pick, dropped his first round match to Indiana Tech's Joaquin Ferrando by a 3-6, 4-6 score but fought all the way back in the consolation draw. Denton earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Indiana Wesleyan's Adam Wroughtin before a 6-1, 6-2 win over Cornerstone's Alex Tarnow. He moved on to the consolation quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Indiana Tech's Mikel Oscoz. He earned a consolation finals berth with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Indiana Tech's Kino de Leon, but could not overcome IWU's White in a 6-3, 1-6, 5-10 defeat. He went 4-2 in the tournament and is now 7-3 on the season.
Sophomore Jack Hiatt
went 1-1 at the tournament after he earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Taylor's Austin Lindner, but fell to Goshen's Balazs Pirot, 2-6, 4-6, in the second round. He is now 6-1 on the year.
Freshman Marty Pochop
also earned a 1-1 record after a 6-4, 7-6 (4-0) win over Davenport's Tyler Chambers and fell to Aquinas' Kristoff Saarim, the eventual champion, 2-6, 1-6, in the second round. He is now 4-2 on the season.
Junior Mitchell Trammel
also went 1-1 in the tournament after he opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Davenport's Haja Denise and fell to Northwestern Ohio's Daniel Rueda, 4-6, 1-6, in the second round. He is now 6-1 on the year.
Pochop and Denton earned a berth in the doubles quarterfinals as they picked up an 8-5 win over Goshen's Jon Kaasa and Krishnan Ganesan and won 8-6 over Grace's Jose Marval and Michael Humphrey. However, Huntington's top duo of Vladislav Khudziy and Diego Inurritegui was too much as MU fell 2-8 to the Forester duo.
Trammel and Albert went 1-2 in the tournament as they fell to Huntington's Joseph Straznicky and Diego Inurritegui by a 4-8 count in the opening round. They earned an 8-6 win over Indiana Tech's Sriram Aranganathan and Vinicius Silva before bowing out in a 0-8 defeat to Northwestern Ohio's Gabriel Cleto and Michael Kock in the consolation quarterfinals.
The Knights will get back into dual match action on Tuesday when the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) comes to the MU Tennis Courts for a 1 p.m. first serve. MU will be seeking its sixth straight win to open the 2013-14 season.