HU one step closer to top spot

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s tennis team (8-2, 6-1) handed Marian University its first conference loss with a 5-4 win over the Knights Saturday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts to move one step closer to the league title.

Grace remains undefeated in conference play but the Foresters will have a chance to take over the top post with a win over the Lancers on Tuesday. The match is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. in Winona Lake.

In the midst of doubles play, rain forced a two-hour delay to set up a dramatic finish. When play resumed and with the scored knotted at 4-4, it came down to No. 2 singles where Joseph Straznicky pulled out a three-set win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, over Marian’s Jason Denton for the fifth and final point. It was sweet revenge for Huntington as last year’s match-up also came down to the last point after a rain suspension with the outcome favoring the Knights.

HU duked out two wins in doubles action which included Straznicky and Diego Inurritegui mounting a come-from-behind 8-6 win before Vlad Khudziy and Inurritegui tallied singles wins at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots respectively setting up Straznicky’s heroic finish.

All three Foresters remain undefeated in singles play against conference opponents while the duos of Khudziy/Hungria and Straznicky/Inurritegui also remain unblemished in conference doubles action.

Singles Recap
1. Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Danny Albert (MU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Joseph Straznicky (HU) def. Jason Denton (MU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
3. Jack Hiatt (MU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Marty Pochop (MU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Mitchell Trammel (MU) def. Joe Brenneman (HU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Ryan Heuer (MU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Recap
1. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Denton/Pochop (MU) 8-6
2. Straznicky/Innuritegui (HU) def. Trammel/Albert (MU) 8-6
3. Taylor Kinney/Nick Batuello (MU) def. Sparks/Brenneman (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