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UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men's tennis team showed determination in a hard fought 5-4 victory over Crossroads League opponent Grace College, Wednesday at Meier Tennis Courts. 


TU began its home contest trailing 2-1 in doubles play. Trojan duo Stephen All and Salvador Lo Cascio gave Taylor its lone point at the No. 3 spot.


Singles action began with two more Lancer points at the No. 1 and No. 2 courts, expanding TU's deficit to 4-1, but the Trojans battled back at the remaining four singles courts, earning TU its third Crossroads League win of the fall season.


"This was a classic tennis match that came down to the last match on the court," Taylor head coach Don Taylor said. "Our guys showed resilience and grit even after being down 4-1."


Senior Chris Robbins secured Taylor's winning point in a tight match at No. 5 singles.


"Chris was on the court for a long time" Coach Taylor said. "He lost the first set, came back and won the second set, and then pulled it out in an epic tiebreaker, 7-5. It was nip and tuck all the way. I'm proud of the guys for being willing to hang in there and play hard after being down. I hope this is a breakthrough match for us that will give us confidence in these upcoming league matches."


TU (3-4, 3-2 CL) will host Spring Arbor University on Thursday, September 22. The conference match will begin at 4 pm (ET).


No. 1- Kurkulin/C. Yoder (GC) def. Ramirez/Jung ; 9-8(6)
No. 2- Pajic/Vervynckt (GC) def. Robbins/Danelli ; 8-4
No. 3- Lo Cascio/All (TU) def. A. Yoder/Fonseca ; 8-4


No. 1- Danila Kurkulin (GC) def. Juan Ramirez ; 6-1, 6-2
No. 2- Uros Pajic (GC) def. Stephen All ; 6-1, 6-3
No. 3- Andre Danelli  (TU) def. Gabe Vervynckt ; 6-1, 6-0
No. 4- Salvador Lo Cascio (TU) def. Adam Yoder ; 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 5- Chris Robbins (TU) def. Lucas Fonseca ; 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
No. 6- Alex Jung (TU) def. Caleb Yoder ; 6-1, 6-0

Record: 4-5 Home: 2-3 Away: 2-2 Neutral: 0-0 Crossroads: 4-4