FORT WAYNE – The Grace College men’s tennis team took an early exit from the 2013 Crossroads League Tournament when they were upset 5-3 by Marian on Thursday.
The match was originally scheduled to play at Grace’s Miller Field. Rainy conditions forced the match to be played at the Pine Ridge Racquet Club in Ft. Wayne, however.
The Lancers (9-3) earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket after claiming a share of their second-straight league championship. But fourth-seeded Marian avenged a 6-3 defeat a week ago by knocking out Grace in the semifinals.
The Knights (8-4) staked an early advantage by taking two of the three doubles’ points. Ethan Grove and Jack Wang picked up an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles for Grace.
Marian went ahead 4-1 with wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, but Grace began to rally on the strength of its seniors. Aaron Blevins and Michael Humphrey battled to claim three-set victories at No. 3 and No. 5 singles respectively. The Knights clinched the victory, however, at No. 6 singles.
“We had a great season, even if this was a disappointing end,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “I’m very proud of the guys for what they accomplished this year. We tip our hats to Marian who played amazing this afternoon. We did not play poorly by any means.”