HU drops to 5th in Crossroads standings

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Hitting the road for two tough Crossroads matches, the Huntington men’s tennis team lost a hard fought battle to Marian University 5-4 on Friday before the Cougars of Spring Arbor University took it to HU 8-1 on Saturday to drop the Foresters into the fifth spot in conference play.

With the threat of inclement weather, Friday’s match against the Knights was moved to the West Indy Racquet Club where things started out well for HU.

The Foresters snagged wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles but couldn’t hang on for the win as Marian stormed back to snag four of the six singles matches to claim the hard fought victory.

Singles Recap
1. Vlad Khudziy (HU) def. Ryan Heuer (MU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Jason Denton (MU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Andrew Voss (MU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Mitchell Trammel (MU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Tyler Scanlan (MU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Jack Hiatt (MU) def. Arjun Bhalla (HU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Recap
1. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) def. Will Dixon/Voss (MU) 8-1
2. Inurritegui/Straznicky (HU) def. Scanlan/Trammel (MU) 8-1
3. Nick Batuello/Denton (MU) def. Sparks/Bhalla (HU) 8-2

The Foresters seemed to run out of steam on Saturday when they faced the defending conference champions at Pine Ridge Racquet Club. The Cougars set the stage early by sweeping all three doubles matches before carrying their momentum into singles play where they logged five more wins to run away with the win.

Despite several closely contested matches, Diego Inurritegui was the only HU player to record a win at the No. 4 spot by defeating Nathan Scholten in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

The Foresters (3-5, 3-3) have three matches this week, including conference foes Grace and Bethel, before heading into the Crossroads League Tournament on October 2.

Singles Recap
1. Thomas Calderone (SAU) def. Vlad Khudizy (HU) 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (15-13)
2. David Darling (SAU) def. Jose Hungria (HU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Aaron Mayes (SAU) def. Joseph Straznicky (HU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Diego Inurritegui (HU) def. Nathan Scholten (SAU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Michael Darling (SAU) def. Zakk Sparks (HU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Matt Wojtkowski (SAU) def. Arjun Bhalla (HU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7

Doubles Recap
1. Calderone/Mayes (SAU) def. Khudziy/Hungria (HU) 8-6
2. D. Darling/Scholten (SAU) def. Straznicky/ Inurritegui (HU) 8-6
3. John Hall/Jesse DeBoer (SAU) def. Sparks/Bhalla (HU) 8-2 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 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