MANCHESTER, Ind. – The men's tennis team (1-0) routed Manchester University (0-1), 8-1, Monday afternoon for their first win of the newly-formed split season. The team took five of six singles and swept all three doubles matches.
Five freshmen made their collegiate debut with all but one of the matches won by them. Each doubles pair had at least one freshman member in the three doubles match victories as well. Of the five, Michael Mertz (Farmington, Mich.) was most impressive with a combined 20-0 result, having swept his singles match (6-0, 6-0) and combined with freshman Jordan Verbauwhede (Whitelaw, Wis.) in doubles play, winning 8-0.
"It was a great way to start off our fall season with a victory over Manchester University. I was impressed with how are team came in focused and ready to play," said head coach Adam Albertsen. "Along with all of our freshmen having a great day, our senior captain Cameron Hamilton played great and showed his leadership once again in guiding the team to the win."
In singles competition, Verbauwhede entered into the no. 1 singles (6-3, 6-1) and doubles position (8-0) and claimed victories at both top spots for Adrian. Other singles winners were Mertz in the third spot, senior Cameron Hamilton (Mason, Mich.) (6-2, 6-0) in the fourth spot, freshman Alex Amos (Hickory Corner, Mich.) (6-1, 6-1) in the fifth spot, and freshman Troy Gargrave (Sterling Heights, Mich.) (6-3, 6-2) in the final spot. Sophomore Ryan Delacy (Novi, Mich.) was the lone loss for Adrian. Aside from Delacy's match, the rest of the team took an impressive 60-of-73 games.
In doubles competition, Hamilton and Amos swept second doubles (8-0), and freshman Spencer Georgetti (Sylvania, Ohio) paired with Delacy in three doubles for the win (8-4). Coach Albertsen was content with their play. "Our doubles teams got off to an extremely quick start which helped set the tone for the match. Anytime you can jump up 3-0 in a match it is a huge momentum swing." Combined, the team took a total of 98-of-138 games.
The team plays its first home match Thursday, Sept. 13 against Defiance at 3:30 p.m.