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Junior Marty Pochop and senior Jason Denton staved off two match points to earn the win at No. 1-doubles in a 4-3 defeat at B
Junior Marty Pochop and senior Jason Denton staved off two match points to earn the win at No. 1-doubles in a 4-3 defeat at B
Men's Tennis - Sun, Apr. 3, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS - The 24th-ranked and reigning Crossroads League regular season and tournament champion Marian University men's tennis team dropped a tightly contested 4-3 decision at NCAA Division I Butler University at the Butler Outdoor Tennis Courts on Sunday afternoon.

The Knights moved to 14-7 on the season with the match serving as the first on a five-match road swing to close the regular season.

The scoring began with the doubles competition and the tandem of junior Danny Albert and freshman Alex Wittenbaum dropped a 1-6 decision at No. 2-doubles to fall to 12-8 on the year and give the Bulldogs an early lead.

Seniors Jack Hiatt and Taylor Kinney stayed perfect on the year with a 6-2 win at No. 3-doubles as the win brought their record to 9-0 in 2015-16.

In NCAA competition, the doubles competition counts as one point with the team winning two of the three matches taking the point. The doubles point came down to the No. 1-doubles position and it turned out to be quite the match. Senior Jason Denton and junior Marty Pochop staved off two match points to send the match to a tiebreaker where the duo earned a 7-4 win to secure the 7-6 match win and the doubles point.

In the singles competition, freshman Nathan Bogle's match at No. 2-singles was the first decided and BU picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win to tie the score at 1-1. Hiatt improved to 18-2 on the year with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4-singles to give MU the 2-1 lead.

Albert fell to 12-10 on the year after a 4-6, 5-7 defeat at No. 5-singles to make it 2-2, but Wittenbaum earned his 13th win of the year with a 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) to put the Knights within a point of earning the win with a 3-2 lead.

However, after winning the first set, Pochop could not hold off his opponent at No. 3-singles in a 6-3, 1-6, 4-6 defeat to tie the score at 3-3 with No. 1-singles left on the court. After dropping the first set, 3-6, Denton took the second set 6-2, but could not hold off his opponent as BU earned the 6-2 win in the third set to take the 4-3 match win.

The Knights are now 14-7 on the year and will head to Indiana Tech (5-4; 2-0 WHAC) on April 10 for a 2 p.m. first serve in Fort Wayne, Ind., as they continue preparation for the 2016 NAIA Men's Tennis National Championships in Mobile, Ala., on May 17-21.