MARION, Ind. -- The Sutter Tennis Center played host to Indiana Wesleyan University men’s tennis playing No. 19-ranked Davenport (Mich.) on Saturday afternoon. IWU nearly pulled off the win but lost by a 6-3 margin.
Indiana Wesleyan fell behind early as Davenport took two out of three points in doubles. Leonard Mathews (SO/Merrillville, IN) and Gavin White (FR/Lakeland, FL) won the only doubles point for Indiana Wesleyan in No. 2 play with an 8-5 win. Kyle Johnson (JR/East Moline, Ill.) and Brandon Dubuque (SO/Marion, IN) lost 8-5 in the top match while Kamen Tabor (SO/Marion, IN) and Adam Wroughton (JR/Schereville, IN) fell 8-1 in No. 3-doubles.
The Wildcats fought back with wins by Mathews at No. 3-singles and White at No. 4-singles. Mathews secured a win with scores of 6-3, 7-5 while White was victorious 7-5, 6-3.
Two Wildcats lost in three sets as IWU fell just short of the upset. Johnson fell 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in No. 1-singles and Daniel Smith (SO/Crown Point, IN) dropped a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 score in No. 5-singles. Dubuque lost 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 play while Wroughton fell 6-4, 6-4 in No. 6-singles.
Indiana Wesleyan is now 10-8 this season while Davenport improves to 14-4.
The Wildcats will next play at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday against Purdue Calumet. The match will be played at the Sutter Tennis Center.