Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian University men's tennis team is heading to the Crossroads League Tournament Championship after they upset No. 1-seeded Grace. The Knights defeated the Lancers in Fort Wayne, Ind. at the Pine Ridge Racquet Club by a score of 5-3 on Thursday.
MU was impressive in doubles, as they picked up victories at both No. 1 and No. 2. Sophomore Jason Denton
and Freshman Marty Pochop
moved through No. 1 doubles with relative ease, winning 8-1. Freshman Danny Albert
and junior Mitchell Trammel
picked up MU's second victory after they defeated Grace's Jose Marval and Michael Humphrey at No. 2, 8-4
"We started out ready to play by winning two out of the three doubles. That turned the momentum our way because just a couple of days ago we lost all three doubles to them," said head coach Steve Mackell
, when asked about MU's play on Thursday night.
After doubles play, the Knights needed just three victories to advance to their first Crossroads League Tournament Championship since coach Mackell took over the program in 2010. Denton continued to impress as he picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles after his dominating performance in doubles. Trammel then did what he has done for the past two matches and won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Trammel is now 11-3 overall this season and tied with Denton for the team lead in singles victories. Senior Tyler Scanlan
picked up MU's fifth victory on the afternoon after defeating Ricardo Bedon 6-2, 7-5.
"We brought all 15 guys with us today and we basically made it a home match with our player and fan support," said coach Mackell, when asked about MU's victory. "We all believed from the beginning, and now we're ready to win this tournament!"
The Knights will now face Huntington in the league championship on Oct. 5. First serve is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Klopfenstein tennis courts.