NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – Mount Union's tennis team defeated Baldwin Wallace (9-2, 0-1 OAC) 5-4 in a tight OAC match on Friday afternoon.
The Purple Raiders (8-2, 2-0 OAC) were led by senior Kyle Hicken (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) as the match came down to his singles match against Baldwin Wallace's Alex Papke. Hicken won the first set 7-5 and then again in the third set, 10-3, after losing a tie breaker.
To start the match, the Raiders won two of three doubles matches in the all-freshmen pairings of Mark Beebe (Chardon/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and Justin Kelley (Uniontown/Lake), and Antonio Massucci (Ashtabula/St. John) and Jacob Labonte (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep).
Baldwin Wallace caught up as they won three singles matches, taking two of them to a third set, but Mount Union was able to score their winning point in Hicken.
Mount Union will next continue OAC action at Muskingum on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Mount Union 5, Baldwin Wallace 4
|1. Dominic Polifrone (BW-M) def. Robert Cross (MTU) 6-4, 6-4|
|2. Matt Harris (BW-M) def. Zach Teffner (MTU) 3-6, 6-3, 12-10|
|3. Jake Elbin (BW-M) def. Antonio Massucci (MTU) 4-6, 6-1, 11-9|
|4. Mark Beebe (MTU) def. Roger Boyer (BW-M) 6-2, 6-3|
|5. Justin Kelley (MTU) def. Michael Benotti (BW-M) 6-1, 6-4|
|6. Kyle Hicken (MTU) def. Alex Papke (BW-M) 7-5, 7-6 (5-7), 10-3|
|1. Dominic Polifrone/Matt Harris (BW-M) def. Zach Teffner/Robert Cross (MTU) 8-3|
|2. Mark Beebe/Justin Kelley (MTU) def. Jake Elbin/Alex Papke (BW-M) 8-2|
|3. Antonio Massucci/Jacob Labonte (MTU) def. Roger Boyer/Michael Benotti (BW-M) 8-5|
|Mount Union 8-2, 2-0 OAC|
|Baldwin Wallace 9-2, 0-1 OAC|