HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Goshen College men's tennis team returned to .500 on the young season with a 7-2 loss to host Huntington University Saturday afternoon.
"We lost to a good Huntington team today by a 7-2 score, though the match seemed closer than the score suggests," 14th-year head coach Stan King explained.
The Maple Leafs only victories came in the No. 3 doubles and No. 5 singles spots. Junior Krishnan Ganesan was instrumental in both, taking a 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 decision in singles and partnered with freshman Thiago Amaral to come back from 4-3 down to win 8-5 in doubles.
Leading 2-1 after doubles, Huntington took the first three singles matches on the courts to secure the team win. Balasz Pirot lost his first singles match of the year at No. 2 singles at Csaba Laszlo lost a three-set battle in the top spot. In another tight match, Jon Kaasa lost 6-4, 7-6 (2) at No. 3 singles.
"Csaba did a great job of knotting his match up at a set apiece," King said. "His opponent, Vlad Khudziy, has been arguably the best player in the conference the past two years. Jon also played a very close match at number three singles."
Goshen (2-2, 2-2 CL) are back on the courts when they host Spring Arbor University at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Huntington 7, Goshen 2
1. Khudziy/Hangria (H) def Laszlo/Pirot 8-5
2. Straznicky/Inurritegui H) def Kaasa/Buschert 8-2
3. Amaral/Ganesan (G) def Sparks/Bhalla 8-5
1. Vlad Khudziy (H) def Csaba Laszlo 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2. Jose Hungria (H) def Balazs Pirot 6-4, 6-4
3. Joseph Straznicky (H) def Jon Kaasa 6-4, 7-6(2)
4. Diego Inurritegui (H) def Thiago Amaral 6-2, 6-1
5. Krishnan Ganesan (G) def Zack Sparks 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
6. Arjun Bhalla (H) def Daniel Buschert 6-3, 6-4
Seth Krabill (G) def Jacob Cross 8-1
Adam Weaver (G) def Matthew Wilcox 8-5
Krabill/Weaver (G) def Cross/Wilcox 8-3