Thunder Men's Tennis
ORLANDO, FLA.-- The Trine men's tennis team dropped matches to Ohio Northern and NCAA Division II-foe Cedarville Tuesday. The Thunder fell to Ohio Northern 7-2 in their morning match, before being narrowly defeated by Cedarville 5-4 in the evening.
Ohio Northern 7, Trine 2
Caleb Knust (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) and Nick Ihrie (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) continued their solid play in singles for the Thunder. Knust won his third-consecutive match of the spring at no. 1 singles. He defeated Josh Saunders 6-3, 6-1. Ihrie improved to 3-1 in singles matches this season with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over J.T. Rapaport. The loss drops Trine to 4-3 on the season. Ohio Northern improves to 3-1 with the victory.
ONU swept doubles play and picked up four wins in singles play. Do Thai and Blake Troller combined to win their no. 2 doubles match and added wins in singles play.
Cedarville 5, Trine 4
After dropping all three doubles matches, the Thunder rallied back with solid singles play to give the Yellow Jackets a scare. Caleb Knust (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) continues to be a force in the no. 1 singles court as he picked up his fourth-consecutive victory, 6-1, 6-1. Joe Dunbar (Indianapolis, Ind./Guerin Catholic) was victorious in no. 2 single by a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 score. Joey Clarke added a win in the no. 3 court by a pair of 6-3 scores. Nick Ihrie (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) rounded out Trine's winners with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in the no. 6 court.
Adam Levesque and Jared Gerber picked up singles wins for Cedarville. Gerber won what turned out to be the deciding match point in a tiebreaker.
The loss drops Trine to 4-4 overall. Cedarville improves to 4-2 on the season. The Thunder return to action tomorrow when they take on Grand Valley State at 12:30 p.m.