MOBILE, Ala. -- Indiana Wesleyan University men’s tennis lost both of its games today in the first day of competition at the NCCAA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama.
Indiana Wesleyan lost the morning session by a 5-1 score to Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) and ended the day with a 5-0 loss to McMurry (Texas). Both schools are NCAA Division II programs.
The two losses eliminate Indiana Wesleyan from the chance to play in the single elimination tournament that follows pool play. The eight-team tournament is split into two pools of four with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals. Palm Beach Atlantic and McMurry are each 2-0 in the pool while Indiana Wesleyan and Campbellsville (Ky.) are 0-2.
During the morning session against Palm Beach Atlantic, Indiana Wesleyan earned one victory in three closely contested doubles matches. Adam Wroughton (JR/Schereville, IN) and Daniel Smith (SO/Crown Point, IN) teamed together to pull out an 8-5 win at No. 2-doubles. Kamen Tabor (SO/Marion, IN) and Leonard Matthews lost a heartbreaking 9-8 decision at the No. 3-doubles position while Kyle Johnson (JR/East Moline, Ill.) and Brandon Dubuque (SO/Marion, IN) lost 8-4 at the top spot.
Palm Beach Atlantic completed the team win with a three victories in singles matches. Once PBA obtained the need points for the victory the match was stopped.
Johnson lost 6-0, 6-2 in No. 1-singles and Smith was defeated 6-4, 6-1 in No. 4-singles. The final point came at No. 2 where Dubuque was forced to retire in the first set.
In the afternoon session with McMurry, Indiana Wesleyan would lose 5-0 to go 0-2 in the pool.
Indiana Wesleyan boasted three competitive doubles matches but could not muster a point as they fell behind 3-0. Johnson and Dubuque lost 8-5 in the top match, Wroughton and Smith fell 8-3 in No. 2-doubles, and Matthews and Tabor were beaten 8-4 in No. 3 play.
McMurry completed the victory with the first two points in singles matches. Dubuque retired at No. 2-singles, trailing 5-1, while Wroughton suffered a 6-1, 6-3 loss at No. 5-singles.
Indiana Wesleyan will play one last match tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. against Campbellsville. The winner of the match will claim third place in the pool.