ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's tennis team used strong singles play to win an Ohio Athletic Conference match against Heidelberg Saturday at the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders (11-7, 4-3 OAC) dropped two of three doubles points, but rallied to take five of six singles points for the win.
Sophomores Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher) and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow) got wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, to seal victory for the Raiders. Clinging to a 4-3 lead, Mount Union only needed one more point, but both came through when the team needed them.
Looker was able to get the best of Heidelberg's Matthew McDivitt, 6-4, 6-3. LeGendre dropped the first set to Dorion Kempf and needed extra points to take the second set before getting a 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) 10-7 win.
Brothers Nate Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) and Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) had the lone doubles victory for the Raiders, 8-3, over Bobby Lochotzki and Cliff Goetz. They were also victorious over Lochotzki and Goetz in singles action.
Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg) earned the final point of the match for Mount Union by defeating Patrick Ryan Earl, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 3 singles.
After a slow start in conference play, the Raiders have won three of their last four OAC matches. With two matches remaining, they are in a three-team tie for the final first round hosting spot in the conference tournament and own wins over the other two schools (Heidelberg and John Carroll).
Mount Union will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Marietta for a 3:30 pm starting time. After a brief break for final exams, they will host Wilmington at 1 pm on Saturday in the regular season finale.
Tennis Match Results
Heidelberg vs Mount Union
Apr 21, 2012 at Alliance, Ohio
Mount Union 6, Heidelberg 3
1. Nate Fockler (MTU) def. Bobby Lochotzki (HEIDM) 6-3, 6-2
2. Nick Fockler (MTU) def. Cliff Goetz (HEIDM) 6-0, 6-4
3. Patrick Yackmack (MTU) def. Patrick Ryan Earl (HEIDM) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
4. Zach Schwenning (HEIDM) def. Ben Swope (MTU) 3-6, 7-6, 7-4, 6-1
5. Drew LeGendre (MTU) def. Dorion Kempf (HEIDM) 5-7, 7-6, 7-4, 10-7
6. Jeff Looker (MTU) def. Matthew McDivitt (HEIDM) 6-4, 6-3
1. Nate Fockler/Nick Fockler (MTU) def. Bobby Lochotzki/Cliff Goetz (HEIDM) 8-3
2. Zach Schwenning/Patrick Ryan Earl (HEIDM) def. Ben Swope/Patrick Yackmack (MTU) 8-4
3. Dorion Kempf/Matthew McDivitt (HEIDM) def. Drew LeGendre/Zach Nelson (MTU) 8-3
Mount Union 11-7, 4-3 OAC
Heidelberg 10-6, 4-3 OAC