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Men’s tennis looks forward to next season after finishing 4-10

Joseph Straznicky stands ready at net. Straznicky remained unbeaten during the season, maintaining a perfect record. (Photo by Alex Pollock)

Joseph Straznicky stands ready at net. Straznicky remained unbeaten during the season, maintaining a perfect record. (Photo by Alex Pollock)

The men’s tennis team wrapped up their fall season with a 7-2 loss to Tiffin University (Ohio) Oct. 8. The team put forth a valiant effort despite playing without their top player – junior Joseph Straznicky.

The only victories for the Foresters in the match came from junior Matthew Wilcox and freshman Volodymyr Kohut, who is one of four freshmen this season.

The loss placed the Foresters at the fifth seed in the Crossroads League Conference to finish out the season with a 4-4 record in the conference.

The Foresters reached the Crossroads League Quarterfinals, losing in a narrow decision 5-4 decision against Goshen College.

Head coach Kreg Eckert put an emphasis on acclamation for the freshman at the beginning of the season – acclamation to college life, social life, and tennis.

“I believe that most freshmen on our team will be better prepared for next season,” Straznicky said. “They now know what to expect from collegiate competitions. They know how tough it is.”

Junior Diego Inurritegui was pleased with the efforts given by this year’s freshmen group.

“They did better than we expected,” he said. “They were hard workers, and they wanted to win.”

Although the team did not meet its goal of being one of the top three teams in the conference, they are looking forward to next season.

“There are always things that you can improve,” Straznicky said. “You always want more.”

Inurritegui also wants more confidence and unity within the team.

“We need more confidence in each other,” he said, “and more unity with the coaches.”

Inurritegui and Straznicky led the Foresters this season as an impressive doubles duo. The pair both boasted undefeated 7-0 records apiece in singles play, receiving All-Conference bids.

“He is a great doubles partner and a great friend,” Straznicky said.

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