HOLLAND, Mich. – Earlham College men's tennis made up most – but not all – of the ground it needed to make up in singles play, and eventually dropped a 5-4 decision to Hope College on Saturday at the DeWitt Tennis Center.
The Quakers and Flying Dutchmen split the first two doubles matches, with the Earlham duo of Brandon Giordanelli and Nicola Manni posting an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles over Alec Berrodin and Timothy Roe. However Hope grabbed the remaining match at No. 2 doubles, giving the Dutch a 2-1 advantage coming out of doubles play.
In singles competition, Earlham's Joaquin Lerner took a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5 over Justin Folkert, knotting the match at 2-2.
Hope responded with a win at No. 4 singles, with Earlham keeping step with the Flying Dutchmen with Vitalii Stadnyk's 6-3, 6-4 triumph at No. 1 over Hope's Mark VanderStoep. The Quakers then took a 4-3 lead with Giordanelli's 6-3, 7-5 victory at No. 6 singles, but the Flying Dutchmen clinched the match with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles for the 5-4 win.
Earlham moves to 3-1 on the season with the loss, with two matches this week on the Quakers' docket. They will face DePauw University on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Greencastle, Ind., with a matchup with Centre College awaiting on Sunday, Feb. 25.
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