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Chargers Triumphant in Indoor Season Opener

Chargers Triumphant in Indoor Season Opener

Box Score

On the same day it was announced as preseason conference favorites, the Hillsdale College men's tennis team put together a strong performance, winning its indoor season opener Friday night at the Margot V. Biermann Center.

Hillsdale topped Daemen College 8-1 in a non-league matchup, improving to 2-0 on the season.

Despite the one-sided score, several Chargers had to survive tough battles in order to come out on top. The longest match of the night came at No. 5 singles, where John Ciraci gutted out a 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 11-9 victory. He needed a tiebreaker to win the first set, then had to bounce back from a set 2 loss to win a lengthy deciding set. It was the kind of match that had to please coach Keith Turner, seeing one of his players step up in a tough test right away.

Milan Mirkovic easily won his match at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Charlie Adams, one of the conference's top sophomores, won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Freshman Gabe Katz was victorious at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-3, and senior Dugan Delp rounded out the singles competition with a 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 6 flight.

Adams teamed up with junior Justin Hyman for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles. The other two doubles matches were close, with the Chargers coming out on top in both. Ciraci and Delp were 9-7 winners at No. 2 doubles, and Michael Szabo joined Julien Clouette for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles.