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Senior Jack Hiatt turned in MU's lone victory in an 8-1 defeat to Cardinal Stritch on Saturday.
Senior Jack Hiatt turned in MU's lone victory in an 8-1 defeat to Cardinal Stritch on Saturday.
Men's Tennis - Sun, Mar. 20, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS - The reigning Crossroads League regular season and tournament champion Marian University men's tennis team fell to 2-5 in the spring season after the No. 25 Knights fell to 14th-ranked Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at Community Healthplex in Indianapolis. MU has dropped four straight with all defeats coming to top 20-ranked opponents.

The Knights' lone victory came at No. 4-singles as senior Jack Hiatt improved to 16-2 on the season with a 6-2, 6-3 win.

The match got underway with the Wolves sweeping through the doubles competition. Senior Jason Denton and junior Marty Pochop dropped their match at No. 1-doubles, 8-6, to fall to 15-5 on the season, while junior Danny Albert and freshman Alex Wittenbaum fell 8-6 at No. 2-doubles to move to 11-7 on the year. Freshman Nathan Bogle and Hiatt also dropped they match at No. 3-doubles by an 8-5 count to give CSU a 3-0 lead.

Four of the six singles matches went to a third set, but the Wolves earned the win with five singles victories. Denton took his match the distance at No. 1-singles, but fell to 10-5 on the year after a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 5-10 defeat. Bogle also fell in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 5-10 to move to 11-9, while Pochop went the distance in a 3-6, 6-4, 4-10 defeat at No. 3-singles.

Albert fell to 11-9 on the season with a three-set defeat at No. 5-singles, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7 (4-7), while Wittenbaum fell to 12-6 after a 0-6, 0-6 defeat at No. 6-singles.

The Knights (13-6) will close out the 2015-16 home season on April 2 when they host Georgetown (Ky.) at the MU Tennis Courts at 1 p.m. MU will then have five road matches during the month of April in preparation for the 2016 NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship in Mobile, Ala., on May 17-21.