COLUMBUS, Ohio - The men's tennis team bounced back from a loss earlier this week to Saint Francis (Ind.) with a 6-3 win at Capital University on Sunday. The team improved to 2-1 this fall and did so with strong performances at the top of the lineup.
Jordan Verbauwhede and Joey Loselle battled back from down 5-2 to force a tiebreak at 8-8. The tandem pulled out the point with a 7-3 tiebreak game as Adrian led 2-1 after doubles. Michael Mertz and Alex Amos also earned a win at two doubles with an 8-1 score.
Verbauwhede was not done with late set magic as he fell 7-5 in the first set at one singles and then came back for a 6-4, 10-1 finish. It was the deciding fifth point that Adrian needed to secure the team victory.
Loselle and Mertz had straight set wins in singles to earn the other points. Mertz was particularly impressive with a 6-0, 6-2 win at three singles. The fifth and sixth singles matchups concluded with one eight-game set due to Adrian wrapping up the match.
"I am really proud of how Jordan, Joey and Michael stepped up and helped guide the team to a big win," said head coach Adam Albertsen. "Jordan came up clutch with two big tiebreaker wins and helped close out the match. After a tough defeat against Saint Francis, I was extremely pleased with how we stuck to our game and closed out the big matches."
The Bulldogs are back to the courts on Thursday, Sept. 19 as they host Bethel.