TIFFIN, Ohio - With the temperature beginning to drop and autumn weather arriving, the Heidelberg University men’s tennis team scheduled a dual match with the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College before hanging up their rackets for the winter. Despite surrendering a forfeit at the number six singles position and the number three doubles slot, the Student Princes defeated Defiance, 5-4 to end fall competition.
The Berg began the evening with four consecutive victories in singles action. Senior number one, Zach Schwenning dominated his Defiance counterpart, 6-0, 6-1 followed by a stellar performance from fellow senior, Dorian Kempf. Kempf took down Defiance number two, Mike Ross in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
The Heidelberg freshmen continue to play well in their inaugural year in the tricolor as Ben Moore and Tyler Flickinger both picked up key victories. Moore needed a tiebreaker set to top his Defiance counterpart, but did so 6-3, 5-7, 7-0 (6-3).
Flickinger occupied the number four position against the Yellow Jackets and earned his third singles win of his freshman season, 6-3, 6-3.
Heidelberg nearly swept singles action from Defiance, but senior Matt McDivitt was out matched by Yellow Jacket, Justin Walker, who beat him in a tiebreaker set, 6-0, 5-7, 7-0 (6-4).
The most crucial victory of the evening came from Schwenning and Moore in their doubles matchup against Cord Speelman and Ryan Nelson. The Berg duo swung their way to a 9-8 (7-3) victory in thrilling fashion.
The Heidelberg men will hit the indoor facilities during the winter months in preparation for their annual Spring Break trip down south in March.