Alma topples MU in spring opener

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Freshman Stratton Smith (New Palestine, Ind.) captured four games in each set at number one singles to highlight Manchester University's non-conference clash with Alma College Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Smith battled the Fighting Scots' Joshua Cove to a 6-4, 6-4 finals at No. 1. Juniors Phil Truitt (Huntington, Ind.), playing at No. 2, and Alex Winger (Warsaw, Ind.), competing at No. 5, each turned in a set with three game victories. In doubles play, Smith and senior teammate Miro Arguijjo III (Corpus Christi, Tex.) picked up three games in an 8-3 defeat at No. 1 as Truitt and Winger at No. 2.

MU fell to 0-5 with the loss. They break from competition until March 14 when they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action against preseason favorite Earlham College.