Alma yields success for men’s tennis

By Jac Rhine

Diego Inurritegui aces a shot during doubles play. The doubles pair of Inurritegui and Joseph Straznicky went 3-0 at the robin-round tournament. (Photo by Jac Rhine)

The Forester men’s tennis program kicked off the 2013 spring season with a trip to Alma, Mich. The team came away with a 2-1 record in the four-team round-robin tournament hosted by Alma College.

The Foresters claimed five singles and two doubles victories against Alma College (Mich.) on March 8.. The Foresters routed Manchester University, 8-1, and narrowly lost to Lake Superior State University (Mich.), 5-4, on March 9.

Coach Kreg Eckert was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We exceeded expectations for the spring season and are well positioned for winning the conference championship this fall,” he said.

Spring play gives the team a chance to play teams they may not get to in the busy fall season, where they have to prioritize the conference matchups when making their schedule. Jose Hungria described the spring season as a way to keep players focused for the fall season.

Hungria said its purpose is to “keep the rhythm going,” while the ultimate goal in the fall season is “to win the conference tournament and make it to nationals.”

Hungria and Arjun Bhalla both credited junior Vladislav Khudziy for motivating the team during the season.

“Vlad leads by example,” Bhalla said. “His focus helps better everyone on the team.”

Playing No.1 for the Foresters in both singles and doubles, Khudziy was undefeated in singles play during the weekend tournament.

Huntington will resume action on March 20 when they host Indiana Tech.

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