Strong Singles Play Leads Men’s Tennis to Win at Hanover
Hanover, Ind. - The Franklin College men's tennis team extended its winning streak to three matches in a 5-4 road Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) victory over rival Hanover College on Sunday.
The Grizzlies (5-4, 3-2 HCAC) won four of the six singles matches to rally from a 2-1 deficit following doubles action.
Junior Luke Snyder (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) started the strong singles effort with a 6-1, 6-1 victory on the No. 4 court. Senior Jared Hunt (New Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community) gave the Grizzlies a 3-2 advantage with a straight-set win at No. 6 singles. Hunt dropped only two games in picking up his fifth singles triumph on the season.
Junior Robby Woehrle (Avon, Ind./Avon) defeated Hanover's Andrew Laubner 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 5 singles position for his team-leading sixth victory.
After a victory by Hanover trimmed Franklin's lead to 4-3, freshman Ethan Caldwell (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) clinched the match with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win at No. 2 singles.
In doubles, junior Evan Pierle (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) and Woehrle won a tiebreaker 7-1 on the No. 3 court.
Franklin returns to action on Thursday, April 24 when it hosts Manchester University at 5 p.m. from the Mickel-Hoover Tennis Complex.
Franklin 5, Hanover 4
No. 1 Reid Clark (HC) def. Ryan Hammer (FC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Ethan Caldwell (FC) def. Brian Clark (HC) 7-6 (3), 6-4
No. 3 Jordan Myers (HC) def. Evan Pierle (FC) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Luke Snyder (FC) def. Josh Ruse (HC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Robby Woehrle (FC) def. Andrew Laubner (HC) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Jared Hunt (FC) def. Derek Kippenbrock (HC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 R. Clark/Myers (HC) def. Hammer/Caldwell (FC) 8-3
No. 2 B. Clark/Ruse (HC) def. Hunt/Snyder (FC) 8-6
No. 3 Pierle/Woehrle (FC) def. Nathan Jones/Laubner (HC) 9-8 (1)