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Men's Tennis - Sat, Apr. 12, 2014

MARION, Ind.  -- Indiana Wesleyan University men’s tennis went 1-1 this weekend at the annual Mark Richard Classic held at the Sutter Tennis Center.

Indiana Wesleyan defeated rival Taylor (Ind.) by a 9-0 score in their first match but fell 7-2 to Aquinas (Mich.) in the last match. Indiana Wesleyan is now 12-8 on the season.

The Wildcats opened up a quick 3-0 advantage on the Trojans in doubles. Kyle Johnson (JR/East Moline, Ill.) and Brandon Dubuque (SO/Marion, IN) won 8-3 at No. 1, Leonard Mathews (SO/Merrillville, IN) and Gavin White (FR/Lakeland, FL) took an 8-2 win at No. 2, and Adam Wroughton (JR/Schereville, IN) and Daniel Smith (SO/Crown Point, IN) earned an 8-4 victory at No. 3.

In singles, the Wildcats won all six matches without dropping a set. Johnson won No. 1 6-1, 6-2 and Dubuque clinched the point at No. 2 with a 6-4, 7-6 win. Mathews won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 while White won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. Smith pulled out a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 and Kaman Tabor won 7-5, 6-4 in the No. 6 spot.

Aquinas claimed two of three doubles matches for a 2-1 advantage. Mathews and White earned the only Indiana Wesleyan doubles point with an 8-4 victory. Johnson and Dubuque lost 8-3 in No. 1 and Wroughton and Tabor lost 8-2 at No. 3-doubles.

Mathews earned the only IWU win in singles with a 6-4, 6-3 match at No. 3. Johnson fell 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 and Dubuque lost 7-6, 6-1 at No. 2. White lost No. 4-singles and Smith lost No. 5, both by identical 6-2, 6-0 scores. Wroughton was defeated 7-5, 6-1 at No. 6.

The two matches complete the regular season for Indiana Wesleyan. They next play at the NCCAA National Championship on May 6-9 in Mobile, Alabama.

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