INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The Defiance College men's tennis team was beaten by Hanover (Ind.) College, 9-0, in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at the Indianapolis Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind.
Hanover began the match with three victories in doubles action to grab an early lead. Seniors James DeMeo (Oregon/Clay) and Tory Savage (Byan) teammed up at first doubles and won four games, but would fall in the overall match by the final of 8-4.
The Panthers continued their momentum into the singles matches, sweeping all six matchups. Swisher played the closest match of the six, winning a combined six games. The outcome of the match went of favor of Hanover, however, with the scores of 6-2 and 6-4.
DeMeo played at first singles and captured three games total, fallng by the scores of 6-2 and 6-1. Savage and Widman posted identical scores at third and fourth singles with each set being decided by the finals of 6-1 and 6-1.
Senior Nathan Height (Wabash, Ind./Wabash) and Kurtz played at fifth and sixth singles, capturing one game each. Height captured his only game of the match during the first set with the final scores of 6-1 and 6-0. Kurtz dropped his first set, 6-0, and then won a game in the second set, but fell, 6-1, overall.
The Jackets will be the sixth seed in next week's HCAC Tournament that begins on Friday, May 5 at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis, Ind. Defiance will take on the third-seeded team.