Men's Tennis Downed by Dutchmen

ADRIAN, Mich. – The men's tennis team is getting closer to taking matches from Hope College. Two specific matches highlighted that premise Saturday with the play at No. 3 doubles, No. 4 singles, and No.5 singles as Adrian played their final home match of the season against one of the best in the MIAA. Adrian fell 9-0 in the matchup and currently stand at 8-10 overall this season.

Adrian had a good chance to get within a point of tying the overall match when Ryan Delacy and Spencer Georgetti were on the verge of victory in No. 3 doubles play. Leading their match by three games and needing just three more games to clinch, the pair were overtaken by an impressive Hope rally before falling 8-6.

"Ryan and Spencer came out with a tremendous amount of energy and jumped out to a huge lead. Give credit to Hope, they battled back and were able to pull out the victory but I am really proud of how the guys played," said head coach Adam Albertsen.

Coming even closer was Alex Amos at No.5 singles play. Amos dropped the 10-point tiebreaker in heartbreaking fashion, 10-8, but only after Hope rallied in the second set in a close 6-4 set after Amos had taken the first set.

"Alex played a very intelligent match and raised his game up against a very strong opponent. Alex and a few of the other guys have been just a few points away from really breaking through. As a young team we hope to continue this momentum and build of this conference season," said Albertsen.

Senior captain Cameron Hamilton found himself in a similar situation as Amos. Hamilton was solid in the first set winning 6-4, before dropping the tiebreaker, 10-7, after a second-set Hope rally.

"Cameron played a tremendous match and fought till the end, He really was only a few points away from pulling out the victory, but just came up short. He never gave up and today was just another example of why Cameron is our captain and leader of the team," said Albertsen in high praise of the team's captain.
Overall, the Bulldogs took seven games in doubles and 27 in singles play.
The Bulldogs have finished up conference dual matches but will travel to Bluffton for a non-conference match on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.