Men's Tennis - Thu, Sep. 22, 2016 - posted by
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Spring Arbor University

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men's tennis team earned its fourth Crossroads League win Thursday, defeating Spring Arbor University 7-2 at Meier Tennis Courts.


"This was another crucial win for us," Taylor head coach Don Taylor said. "We are in the chase for one of the top four spots in the conference tournament, which allows us to have a home match in the first round. Spring Arbor is in there also, so this gives us a little bit of an advantage over them."


All three of Taylor's doubles pairs won, including senior Juan Ramirez and junior Alex Jung at the No. 1 spot.


Freshmen Andre Danelli and Salvador Lo Cascio won their respective singles courts, along with Jung and sophomore Alex Hunter. Ramirez was forced to retire in his second set at No. 1 singles due to injury.


"I was really pleased with our doubles play because our 3-0 lead took the pressure off our singles courts," Coach Taylor said. "Unfortunately Juan sprained his ankle and had to retire, even though he was leading, so that was a match we lost that we could have won. We seem to be playing how I think we are capable of playing, so hopefully that will continue as we move on."


The Trojans are set to host a doubleheader on Saturday, September 24. TU will play conference opponent Goshen College at 11 am, followed by a non-conference match against Davenport University at 3:30 pm.


No. 1- Ramirez/Jung (TU) def. Romano/McShane ; 8-5
No. 2- Robbins/Danelli (TU) def. Byrd/Engle ; 9-8(7)
No. 3- Lo Cascio/All (TU) def. Reinbold/Scott ; 8-1


No. 1- Nick Romano (SAU) def. Juan Ramirez ; 6-7(6), 2-3 Ret.
No. 2- Alex Reinbold (SAU) def. Stephen All ; 7-6(5), 7-5
No. 3- Andre Danelli  (TU) def. Vincent McShane ; 6-1, 6-3
No. 4- Salvador Lo Cascio (TU) def. Jonah Engle ; 6-4, 7-5
No. 5- Alex Jung (TU) def. Sam Head ; 6-3, 6-4
No. 6- Alex Hunter (TU) def. Josh Scott ; 6-2, 3-6, 10-7

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