Foresters come up with three bigs wins over the weekend

GOSHEN, Ind. - The Forester men’s tennis team continued with their hot hand this weekend, knocking off Bethel College 8-1 on Friday before taking it to Goshen College 7-2 on Saturday morning. HU stayed in Goshen to turn around and face Cornerstone University later that afternoon where they outlasted the Golden Eagles 5-4.

With these three wins, HU improves to 5-1 overall, 4-0 in conference play.

Against the Pilots, HU’s lone loss came at No. 6 singles where Zakk Sparks suffered a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Nick Kindig shortly after Sparks teamed up with Joe Brenneman to hand the Bethel duo of Caleb Hadden and Mason Heller their first loss this year at No. 3 doubles 9-8.

On Saturday versus Goshen, the Foresters started off the day with Vlad Khudziy and Jose Hungria teaming up at No. 1 doubles to knock off Luis Perez and Balazs Pirot 8-4 and remain undefeated on the season at 10-0. Joseph Straznicky and Diego Inurritegui did likewise, squeaking past Vasanthkumar Palanisamy and Matt Deslar 9-8 (7-2) to stay unblemished at 9-0.

It set the tone for the rest of the match as HU polished off their conference foe by snagging five more wins in singles action to cruise to the lopsided win.

After only a short break, Huntington went up against a formidable opponent in Cornerstone. The match started off much like the morning with HU going 2-1 in doubles action but it was a different story in singles play. With only one match remaining and the scored knotted at 4-4, the contest came down to #2 singles where Straznicky outlasted Trent Stout to not only win his match, but also give his team the overall 5-4 win.

The Foresters are back in action on Tuesday when they host Indiana Wesleyan University.

Singles Recap
#1 Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Ethan Turner (BC) 6-0, 6-2
#2 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Trent Stout (BC) 6-0, 6-3
#3 Jose Hungria (HU) def. Luke Prude (BC) 6-1, 6-4
#4 Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Matt Kempf (BC) 6-0, 6-0
#5 Joe Brenneman (HU) def. Rafael Barreto (BC) 6-1, 6-2
#6 Nick Kindig (BC) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles Recap
#1 Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Turner/Barreto (BC) 8-2
#2 Straznicky/Inurritegui (HU) def. Stout/Prude (BC) 8-1
#3 Sparks/Brenneman (HU) def. Caleb Hadden/Mason Heller (BC) 9-8

Singles Recap
#1 Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Balazs Pirot (GC) 6-1, 7-6
#2 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Luis Perez (GC) 6-4, 6-4
#3 Jose Hungria (HU) def. Vasanthkumar Palanisamy (GC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
#4 Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Matt Delsar (GC) 6-2, 7-5
#5 Zakk Sparks (HU) def. Krishnan Ganesan (GC) 7-6, 6-2
#6 Jon Kaasa (GC) def. Joe Brenneman (HU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles Recap
#1 Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Pirot/Perez (GC) 8-4
#2 Straznicky/Inurritegui (HU) def. Palanisamy/Delsar (GC) 9-8 (7-2)
#3 Ganesan/Kaasa (GC) def. Sparks/Brenneman (HU) 8-3

Singles Recap
#1 Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Elijah Yi (CU) 6-1, 6-3
#2 Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Austin Hunt (CU) 6-4, 5-7 (10-8)
#3 Chris Reed (CU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-3, 6-1 (10-6)
#4 Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. John Andrew (CU) 6-4, 6-2
#5 Andrew Son (CU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-3, 1-6 (10-4)
#6 Alex Tarnow (CU) def. Joe Brenneman (HU) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles Recap
#1 Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Yi/Hunt (CU) 8-2
#2 Straznicky/Inurritegui (HU) def. Reed/Son (CU) 8-5
#3 Andrew/Tarnow (CU) def. Brenneman/Jacob Cross (HU) 8-4
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director