WARSAW, IND. – A sweep of doubles' play and five of six singles' wins led Manchester University to its second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference dual win Saturday, April 29.
Despite not advancing into the top six of the loop standings to earn a slot in the postseason tourney, Coach Eric Christiansen's team made some program history at the Warsaw Tennis and Fitness Club. The 8-1 final marked the Spartans' first win over the visiting Transylvania University Pioneers in league play.
A trio consisting of juniors Garrett Bear (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Isaac Collis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Gavin Eads (Bourbon, Ind.) each claimed straight-set decisions in singles' play. Fellow junior Kyler Love (North Webster, Ind.) and sophomore Connor Eichenauer (North Manchester, Ind.) were moving in the same direction at Nos. 3 and 4 with 6-1 and 6-2 first set victories, respectively, but had to sidestep second set wins from their opponents to gain three-set finishes.
Manchester University (2-9 overall, 2-6 HCAC) topped the season-ending victory in doubles' play. Bear and freshman Dalton Bailey (Bourbon, Ind.) blanked the Pioneers' No. 3 squad and senior Stratton Smith teamed up with Collis for an 8-3 win to conclude his collegiate career. Eichenauer and Love added a back-and-forth 9-8 thriller at number two.
NOTES: Bear finished his junior slate as the singles' win leader for the Black and Gold, sporting a 5-5 record. Eichenauer was next in line (four) … Eichenauer and Love's win moved them to 2-1 for the year, topping the charts. They were one of two pairings to end at .500 or above, joining Bear and Bailey (1-1).