ADRIAN, Mich. – The men's tennis team (4-1) topped their entire win total of a season ago by beating Indiana University-East (2-6), 8-1, Friday. The match rotated between the outdoor courts and the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center because of the rain. The team was dominate in doubles with a combined 24-4 game advantage, and won all but one match in straight sets in singles play.
"The guys came out and battled some cold temperatures and rain after we moved indoors and back outdoors. Give a lot of credit to how they were able to grind out each victory. This was the first time all year we played indoors and our doubles teams were able to adjust to the speed change and close out their matches," said head men's tennis coach Adam Albertsen.
In singles play, Jordan Verbauwhede defeated Ty Butler ( 6-3, 6-4) in first singles, Ryan Delacy lost to Connor Kramer (6-3, 5-7, 4-10) in second singles, Michael Mertz defeated Derek Blank (6-2, 6-2) in third singles, Cameron Hamilton defeated Brad Wilzbacher (6-2, 6-2) in fourth singles, Alex Amos defeated Ethan Taulbe (6-0, 6-2) in fifth singles, and Troy Gargrave defeated Nick Frank (6-0, 6-0) in sixth singles.
In doubles play, Verbauwhede and Mertz captured first doubles at 8-1, Hamilton and Amos also won at 8-1 in second doubles, and Delacy and Spencer Georgetti were victorious at 8-3 in third doubles.
"Our freshmen stepped up and gained valuable experience and have gelled great with our returners. We had a very nice fall season and I am pleased with how we competed and worked day in and day out. Now it is time to get stronger and learn from these matches to help better prepare for the spring season and conference, "said Albertsen.
The spring season will start with a match on Sunday, February 17th at Heidelberg at 12:00 p.m.