GREENCASTLE, Ind. - The Marian University men's tennis team suffered its first defeat of the 2013-14 campaign to a strong DePauw University squad in Greencastle, Ind., on Wednesday afternoon.
The Knights had their six-dual match winning streak snapped and fell to 6-1 on the season with the defeat.
The Tigers took a commanding lead with a sweep of the doubles competition. Freshman Marty Pochop
and sophomore Jason Denton
fell 2-8 at No.1 doubles, while senior Nick Batuello
and sophomore Taylor Kinney
fell 2-8 at No. 3 doubles. Junior Mitchell Trammel
and freshman Danny Albert
also dropped their match in a tightly contested 7-9 defeat.
Albert fell at No. 1 singles, but did not go down without a fight. The rookie took Sam Miles to a third set in a 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 10-5 defeat. He fell to 5-3 on the season.
Denton earned a 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 2 singles to improve to 7-3 on the year, while sophomore Jack Hiatt
fell to 7-2 in a 0-6, 3-6 defeat at No. 3 singles.
Pochop picked up the other point for the Knights with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles, while Trammel suffered his first dual match defeat this season in a 1-6, 2-6 defeat at No. 5 singles. He is now 7-2 in 2013-14.
Sophomore Ryan Heuer
took his match to three sets at No. 6 singles, but, ultimately, dropped his match 3-6, 6-0, 4-6 to give the Tigers the 7-2 win.
The Knights (6-1; 5-0 CL) will now head into the final three matches of the Crossroads League season. MU will hit the road for the final three matches and the league title will be decided during this stretch of matches. MU heads to Huntington University (6-2; 5-1 CL) on Saturday morning for a 10:30 a.m. first serve.