INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University men's tennis team dropped its second straight match after Indiana Tech earned a 6-3 win at the MU Tennis Courts in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. The Knights fell to 12-14 on the season, while the Warriors improved to 9-6 in 2013-14.
The match did not open the way that head coach Steve Mackell
would have liked as the Warriors swept through the doubles competition with three straight victories. Freshman T Cunningham and senior Nick Batuello
fell at No. 3 doubles, 5-8, to open the match and were followed by sophomores Jason Denton
and Jack Hiatt
dropping their match at No. 2 doubles, 6-8. Freshmen Marty Pochop
and Danny Albert
teamed at No. 1 doubles, but fell by a 6-8 score to give Tech the 3-0 lead.
The Knights did everything they could to get back in it as Albert picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles to make it 3-1. Pochop and Kinney fell at No. 4 (3-6, 2-6) and No. 5 (3-6, 2-6) singles to give the Warriors the team point with a 5-1 lead.
However, sophomore Ryan Heuer
earned a tough 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3) win at No. 6 singles before Hiatt put up a fight in a 6-3, 3-6, 5-10 defeat at No. 2 singles. Denton picked up a fantastic win at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7, over the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) 30th-ranked player Joaquin Ferrando to make the final score 6-3.
The Knights will hit the road on Tuesday when they head to 23rd-ranked Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., at 5 p.m. Eastern time.