CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Earlham College men's tennis team went up 2-1 after doubles on regionally-ranked Wabash College, but the Little Giants held home court by sweeping the six singles flights and claiming a 7-2 win over the Quakers on Tuesday.
Senior Jack Ventura-Cruess and sophomore Vitalii Stadnyk defeated Wabash's first doubles team for the second time this season. The Quakers first doubles squad also defeated the Little Giants at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional in the fall. This time around, Ventura-Cruess and Stadnyk beat Michael Makio and Williams Reifeis 8-5.
Makio and Reifeis gave the Little Giants a 3-2 lead with straight-set wins at first and second singles.
Babikov won his first set 6-2, but dropped the second 6-1 to Greenwell. The Moscow, Russia, native led 5-4 in the decisive third set, but Greenwell won the final three games to clinch the match.
Ivashchenko won his fourth singles match 6-4, 7-5 over Manni to clinch the match for Wabash.
Earlham stands at an even 1-1 on the season and returns to action this weekend with matches against Baldwin-Wallace and Wittenberg on Saturday.