RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men's tennis team dropped its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) match of the season on Saturday afternoon, narrowly falling to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 5-4 at the Earlham Tennis Courts.
The Fightin' Engineers took the other two doubles flights and led 2-1 after doubles. Senior Jack Ventura-Cruess and sophomore Vitalii Stadnyk fell to Georges Adam and Brandon Benedict 8-3 at first doubles. Sophomore Adam Schwarz and freshman Adarsh Singh lost to Andre Adam and Cam Metzger 8-4 at second doubles.
In singles, Stadnyk defeated Georges Adam 6-1, 6-4 at first singles, improving to 14-5 on the season. Tatarevic won his team-high 16th singles match of the year defeating Conrad 6-3, 6-1 at fifth singles. Ventura-Cruess also won in straight sets, winning sixth singles 6-2, 6-4.
Rose-Hulman won second, third, and fourth singles in straight sets to claim the victory.
Earlham stands at 10-9 overall and 4-1 in the HCAC. The Quakers will face Manchester University tomorrow (Sunday) at 10 a.m.