Bulldogs Snap Lengthy MIAA Drought in 6-3 Win at Albion
ALBION, Mich. – The Adrian College men's tennis team wrote a new chapter in the program on Friday afternoon as they won a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match for the first time in nearly eight years with a 6-3 road win at Albion College. The Bulldogs improved to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in the MIAA setting a new standard for wins in a season.
"This was a true team win as the guys came out fired up and on a mission," said head coach Adam Albertsen. "We went up 2-1 in doubles and that was big for our confidence and momentum in the match."
Those doubles points came from Spencer Georgetti and Michael Mertz at No. 2 and Alex Amos and Ryan Delacy at No. 3. The No. 2 tandem of Georgetti and Mertz cruised to an 8-4 win while Amos and Delacy gutted out a 9-8 (8-6) winner at No. 3.
Adrian continued on to singles play and won four of six to pick up the win. Three of the four Adrian wins in singles went three sets with two of those dropping the first set only to rally back in the next two. Joey Loselle sealed it for the Bulldogs at No. 2 with a 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2 decision over Jonathan Gurnee. Mertz had a complete performance at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over David Richter. Amos defeated Steve Nawrocki at No. 5 singles with a 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 triumph. Troy Gargrave finished his match first at No. 6 with a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 win over Zach McKenzie.
"Gargrave and Mertz put us up 4-1 and that helped everyone else relax a little bit," said Albertsen. "All of the matches were tight and it took some work to pick up the clinching point. Loselle played an amazing match to seal the win. I am so proud of these guys from the work they put in on and off the courts. It was great to see them step up and take this victory."