INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Forester men’s tennis team got off to a great start, opening their season Saturday at Marian University’s Doubles Tournament where they won two of the three flights.
Vlad Khudziy and Jose Hungria teamed up to capture the Flight A Championship. After clobbering Marian’s Marty Pochop/Ryan Heuer 8-1 in first round action, the duo knocked off J. Marval/Michael Humphrey of Grace College to advance to the championship match where they picked off another Lancer tandem in Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez. After finding themselves down 4-1 in the finals, the Huntington pair fought back to claim an 8-6 win.
It was all HU in Flight B with Joseph Straznicky and Diego Inurritegui storming their way through the bracket to bring home the team’s second championship of the day. After receiving a first round bye, the two took it to Grace’s Jack Wang/Ethan Grove 8-4 before finishing off play with an 8-1 win over Danny Albert/Ryan Hodell of Marian to claim the Flight B title.
Zakk Sparks and Jacob Cross lost their opening round in Flight B to Taylor’s Carter Perry/Chris Robbins (8-5) and after receiving a bye in the consolation bracket, were knocked out of the tourney by Taylor Kinney/Nick Batuello of Marian 8-1.
The HU combo of Arjun Bhalla and Matt Wilcox had a similar fate, losing their first match 8-4 to Marian’s T. Grant Cunningham/Tyler Scanlan. They went on to enjoy a bye in the consolation bracket before dropping an 8-1 decision to Grace’s Ricardo Bedon/Jacob Stump.
Huntington opens up conference play this Wednesday at the University of Saint Francis and then turn around to host No. 15 University of Northwestern Ohio, the highest ranked team HU will face this fall, on Thursday.