Defiance Wins Against Manchester
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DEFIANCE, OHIO -- The Defiance College men's tennis team hosted a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup against Manchester (Ind.) University at the Dix Tennis Courts and defeated the Spartans, 7-2. 

The Yellow Jackets took two out of three matches in the doubles competition to grab an early overall match lead. Senior James DeMeo (Oregon) and junior Adam Swisher (Bedford, Mich./Bedford) put a point on the board for DC in the first doubles. They allowed only three points against, winning 8-3 overall. 

Junior Eline Widman (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) and senior Brian Kurtz (Sandusky/Perkins) were the second win of the afternoon at third doubles. They played a close match, and came through with an 8-5 win. 

The Jackets dominated against the Spartans in singles, taking five-of-six matchups. DeMeo earned a win at first singles shutting down his opponent. He allowed only one point against, winning by the scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

Swisher won the action in second singles, allowing only three points on the board. He won the first set, 6-1, and then prevailed in the second, 6-2, to complete the straight-set victory.

Savage added another tick to the Jacket scoreboard as he held his opponent scoreless in the first set of his third singles match, 6-0. He played a closer second set with his opponent taking four game, but Savage came out as the winner with the final score of 6-4. 

The next Jacket to record a win was Widman at fourth singles. They went into bonus play in the first set, with Widman coming out on top by a 7-5 advantage. Widman then coasted through the second set, winning 6-2 to take the match.

Senior Nathan Height (Wabash, Ind./Wabash) rounded out the victories for the Jackets. He allowed three points against in the first set, winning 6-3. The second round went into extended play, with Height winning by two points, 7-5.  

The Yellow Jackets will conclude their three-match home stretch as they host HCAC opponent Transylvania (Ky.) University on Saturday, Apr. 15. The match is scheduled for noon at the Dix Tennis Courts.