RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College men's tennis team won its 10th and 11th consecutive matches on Sunday, defeating Franklin College 8-1 and Indiana Institute of Technology 7-2 at the Earlham Tennis Courts.
In the Quakers' win over the Grizzlies, Earlham won all three doubles flights including a pair of 8-0 victories from sophomore Nicola Mannia and freshman Aleksandr Sergeev at second doubles and freshmen Jake Brown and Jason Lawson at third doubles. Juniors Vitalii Stadnyk and Vojislav Tatarevic took down Ethan Caldwell and Alex Hammer 8-4 at first doubles.
In singles, freshmen Fernando Bulnes Aramburu and Joaquin Lerner won third and sixth singles respectively without losing a game. Sergeev won his fourth doubles match 6-0, 6-1 at fourth single while Tatarevic lost one game each set in his fifth singles triumph over Stewart. Stadnyk took care of Alex Hammer 6-2, 6-3 at first singles.
Franklin won its lone match point at second singles as Blake Amonett edged sophomore Adarsh Singh in three sets.
Earlham improved to 7-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) competition and earns no worse than the No. 2 seed for the HCAC Tournament. The Quakers will face Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 29 for the HCAC regular season title.
In the win over Indiana Tech, Stadnyk teams up with Sergeev for the first time this season to defeat Mikel Oscoz and Tiago Neves 8-3 at first doubles. The Warriors rebounded by winning second doubles by the same score, but Tatarevic and Manni gave the Quakers a 2-1 lead after doubles with an 8-5 win at third doubles.
Tatarevic won his fifth singles match to put Earlham ahead 3-1, but Neves beat Singh at second singles to get the Warriors to within a flight. Sergeev defeated Kino de Leon 6-2, 6-3 at fourth singles and Stadnyk won his 15th first singles match of the season to seal with win for the Quakers.
Earlham (16-5, 7-0 HCAC) faces Mount St. Joseph University on Wednesday before traveling to Rose-Hulman to conclude the regular season on Saturday.