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Men's Tennis - Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men's tennis team fell behind in doubles play Saturday against Indiana Wesleyan, but rallied in singles play to capture the Crossroads League championship in Indianapolis. The Knights added the tournament title to their regular season championship from earlier this season.

"I am so proud of our team today," said head coach Steve Mackell. "We battled back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles and rattled off 4 out of 5 singles matches to seal the win and our ticket to the National Tournament. I am especially proud of our seniors Danny and Marty for leading this team by their example. We wouldn't be where we are without their dedication and hard work for these last 4 years."

Danny Albert and Nathan Bogle started the day with Marian's lone win in doubles, defeating Austin Christner and Niko Rongos 8-4. Joel Montgomery and Tyler Abbott edged Ian Deiters and Marty Pochop 9-7, while Patrick Holly and Alex Wittenbaum lost to Jacob Rankin and Andrew Block 8-6.

Trailing by one heading into singles play, Bogle swept Juan Pedro 6-0, 6-0 to even things up. Albert then gave Marian the lead again with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Montgomery. The seesaw affair continued as IWU brought the score back to even as Block defeated Anthony Kendall 6-4, 6-2, but the Knights sealed the deal with back-to-back wins from Wittenbaum (6-0, 6-3 over Rankin) and Pochop (6-4, 6-4 over Abbott).

Combining the regular season and the tournament, Marian went 11-0 against Crossroads League foes this season and won both the regular season and tournament titles. The Knights are now 11-1 on the season.

 

DOUBLES

No. 1:  Albert/Bogle (MU) def. Rongos/Christner (IWU) 8-4

No. 2:  Montgomery/Abbott (IWU) def. Deiters/Pochop (MU) 9-7

No. 3:  Rankin/Block (IWU) def. Holly/Wittenbaum (MU) 8-6

SINGLES

No. 1:  Pochop (MU) def. Abbott (IWU) 6-4, 6-4

No. 2:  Bogle (MU) def. Pedro (IWU) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3:  Albert (MU) def. Montgomery (IWU) 6-3, 6-0

No. 4:  Wittenbaum (MU) def. Rankin (IWU) 6-0, 6-3

No. 5:  Christner (IWU) led Deiters (MU) 6-2, 3-3

No. 6:  Block (IWU) def. Kendall (MU) 6-4, 6-2

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