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Tennis - Thu, Sep. 22, 2016

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University won a pair of tennis decisions from Goshen College on Thursday, with the Foresters winning the men's match 8-1 and the women's match 9-0 on the HU campus.

Kartikeya Sharma posted Goshen's only win of the twinbill, a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing of Giovanni Martinez at no. 3 singles on the men's side. In doubles action, Sharma and Eric Zuercher lost 8-2 to Ignacio Poncio and Mariano Echevarria.

Eric Cender played the only three-set match of the day at men's no. 5 singles, winning the first set 6-2 before losing 6-3 in the second and 10-4 in the match-deciding super-tiebreak against Forester freshman Luke Buttermore.

The Foresters claimed each of the remaining 10 singles matches in straight sets, including three 6-0, 6-0 affairs, and swept the six doubles positions.

In women's action, Kendra Lozano played to a 6-0, 6-2 defeat at no. 3 singles while Noemi Salvador played to the same scoreline with the sets reversed at no. 1. Lozano and Chloe Woodward claimed Goshen's only game of doubles play in an 8-1 loss at no. 2.

The loss drops Goshen's men to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in Crossroads League play while the women are 0-9 and 0-7. Huntington's women are 4-2 in league play; the men are 3-2.

Thursday was the penultimate conference match of the season for both Goshen sides. The men will meet Cornerstone at 4 p.m. Friday in a non-conference match before both teams conclude their regular seasons with a road trip to Taylor at 11 a.m. Saturday.

More, including comments from Goshen director of tennis Evan Atkinson, to come when available.

Men: Huntington 8, Goshen 1
1S. Ignacio Poncio (H) def. Aritha Weerasinghe 6-1, 7-6(4)
2S. Rodrigo Manzo (H) def. Eric Zuercher 6-3, 7-5
3S. Kartikeya Sharma (G) def. Giovanni Martinez 6-1, 6-0
4S. Dawid Baranowski (H) def. Juan Miguel Ciudad 7-6, 6-3
5S. Luke Buttermore (H) def. Eric Cender 2-6, 6-3, (10-4)
6S. Mariano Echevarria (H) def. Evan Beck 6-1, 6-2

1D. Poncio/Echevarria (H) def. Zuercher/Sharma 8-2
2D. Manzo/Martinez (H) def. Weerasinghe/Luke Rush 8-6
3D. Baranowski/Buttermore (H) def. Cender/Beck 8-2

Women: Huntington 9, Goshen 0
1S. Constanze Goelz (H) def. Noemi Salvador 6-2, 6-0
2S. Morgan Bemisderfer (H) def. Joelle Friesen 6-0, 6-0
3S. Celine Rongos (H) def. Kendra Lozano 6-0, 6-2
4S. Meg Dolde (H) def. Chloe Woodward 6-0, 6-1
5S. Allison Smith (H) def. Megan Ewing 6-0, 6-0
6S. Kerrie Ecker (H) def. Chelsea Katchmazenski 6-0, 6-0

1D. Bemisderfer/Rongos (H) def. Salvador/Friesen 8-0
2D. Goelz/Dolde (H) def. Lozano/Woodward 8-1
3D. Anastasia Evstifeeva/Kathleen Morrical (H) def. Ewing/Katchmazenski 8-0