WOOSTER, Ohio – The Earlham College men's tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday, falling to the College of Wooster 5-4 and defeating Hundington University 9-0.
In the loss to Wooster, senior Jack Ventura-Cruess and sophomore Vitalii Stadnyk improved to 5-1 on the season with an 8-5 win over Davis Elkins and Jack Buchan at first doubles. The Fighting Scots claimed 8-4 wins at both second and third doubles and took a 2-1 lead into singles competition.
Wooster took a 4-1 lead when the Scots won second and fourth singles. Stadnyk got the Quakers their second match point with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Titus Bera at first singles.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, Kieran McTague clinched the match for the Fighting Scots with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Gleb Babikov at third singles.
Sophomore Vojislav Tatarevic won his fifth singles flight 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) while Ventura-Cruess defeated Jesse DeWitt 6-3, 6-2 at sixth singles.
In the victory over Hundington, the Quakers won all three doubles lights including winning third doubles via walkover. Stadnyk and Ventura-Cruess won 8-5 at first doubles with sophomore Gleb Babikov and freshman Adarsh Singh triumphed 8-4 at second doubles.
The Quakers won the first five singles flights in straight sets including sixth singles via walkover. Stadnyk won 6-4, 6-3 at first singles, Singh won 7-5, 6-0 at second singles, Babikov won his third singles match 6-2, 6-3, freshman Nicola Manni won 6-2, 6-2 at fourth singles, and Tatarevic won 6-0, 6-2 at fifth singles.
Earlham returns to action on March 14-17 for its spring trip to Florida. The Quakers will face Springfield, Hamilton, Calvin, and Franklin & Marshall.