RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men's tennis team faces its toughest test to date on Tuesday as the Quakers travel to regionally-ranked Wabash College for a 5 p.m. match.
The Teams: Earlham and Wabash. The Quakers won their season-opening match 9-0 over Otterbein on Friday. The Little Giants are 4-2 on the season and have won their last three contests.
The Coaches: Justin Roe is in his second season as head men's tennis coach at Earlham. He led the Quakers to an 11-10 record last season and a berth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament finals. Jason Hutchison enters his 12th season at Wabash. The Little Giants have finished third in the highly competitive North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) three times in his tenure.
The Players: Sophomore Vitalii Stadnyk won his first singles match 6-4, 6-1 over Will Willson over Otterbein. Stadnyk is the defending HCAC Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year. Freshman Adarsh Singh and sophomore Gleb Babikov also won their matches over the Cardinals. Junior Michael Mako is 5-1 at first singles and 4-0 at first doubles.
Recent History: Earlham is 4-1 against Wabash in the last five years. The Little Giants claimed the most recent match, however, a 7-2 victory to open the 2014-15 season for the Quakers.
ITA Ranking: Wabash is ranked No. 16 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region rankings while Earlham is not ranked. The second set of rankings is scheduled to come out on March 21.
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Up Next: The Quakers face Baldwin-Wallace and Wittenberg on Saturday. Those matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.