Hanover College’s men’s tennis squad notched its third consecutive victory after clipping the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 5-4, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match in Delhi, Ohio.
The league triumph was the first of the season for Hanover, which picked up wins at Nos. 2-3 doubles, then forged a split of the six singles matches to earn the program’s 22nd straight victory against Mount St. Joseph since the 1999 campaign.
Junior Andrew Laubner (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore Joshua Ruse (Indianapolis, Ind.) each tallied two wins to spark the Panthers’ effort.
Ruse paired with senior Jordan Myers (Indianapolis, Ind.) to knock off the Lions’ Tony Faillace and Kyle Haas, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. Laubner and freshman Nathan Jones (Richmond, Ind.) combined to defeat Destin Lewis and Drew Royalty, 8-2, at No. 3.
In singles action, Ruse defeated Faillace, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4, while Laubner earned a 6-0, 6-4 win against Lewis at No. 5.
Sophomore Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) secured the singles split with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Haas at No. 2 singles.
Hanover, now 3-7 overall, improved to 1-2 in the Heartland Conference. Mount St. Joseph, meanwhile, fell to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the HCAC.
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014