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Men's Tennis News & Highlights

April 24, 2012

Eagles Slip Past Knights in Glenside

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Tyler Hoagland was one of three double-winners on the day for the Eagles. Eastern improved to 7-7 on the year with a 5-4 win over Arcadia.

GLENSIDE, Pa.- Trailing 4-3 with a pair of matches still on the courts, Eastern University Men's Tennis needed clutch performances from a pair of seniors.

 After Jonny Shenk won his third singles match in a super-tiebreaker, Tyler Hoagland battled to an impressive third set win to lift the Eagles (7-7) to a non-league win over Arcadia.

"It was a big win for Tyler," Head Coach Mark Spangler stated, "and a big win for our guys. He and Jonny were out there with the pressure on them, and they came through."

The match reached the decision point after the Eagles won two of three doubles matches but lost three of the first four singles matches to be completed. Hoagland and Shenk combined to take the top doubles match with a tightly-contested 8-3 match. Spangler pointed to Shenk's service game in doubles as a highlight of the afternoon. 

Tyler Schultz and Mylon Weaver teamed up to take their 2nd doubles match 8-3 as well. Weaver cruised to an efficient 6-4, 6-1 win at the fifth singles spot, but the Eagles fell short at the 2nd, 4th, and 6th spots in the order.

Hoagland's match was the first of the two to go to a third set, so he and Arcadia's Chris Finney played a full third set. Shenk and his opponent, Jeremy Garcia, battled through a second set tie-breaker, so daylight became a consideration and a super-tiebreaker was in order. Shenk continued his strong service game and served an ace to take the match with a 10-8.

With the match tied, all eyes turned to court one where Hoagland led 4-3. The point of the match, according to Spangler, came with Hoagland leading 5-4 and up 30-15. Hoagland, on the baseline, tried three times to pass Finny at the net. Each time, Finny was able to reach the ball and put pressure on the Eastern senior. It appeared that Finny had hit a winner, but at the last second Hoagland was able to lunge for the ball in the corner and block a winner up the line to earn a pair of match points. Finny fought off the first one, but Hoagland kept the pressure on and prevailed.

The Eagles will finish their season at Misericordia this Saturday.

Box Score 

Updated: Tuesday, 24 April 2012

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