By Jay Siskin
The Franklin College men’s tennis team picked up two wins this weekend over Defiance College and Mount Saint Joseph University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
The Grizzlies (9-5, 7-1) finished second in the HCAC standings and earned a first-round bye for next weekend’s conference championship tournament. The team concluded the season on an eight match winning streak.
On Sunday, Franklin defeated Mount St. Joseph 8-1 in the regular season finale. The team swept all three doubles matches. Senior Ryan Hammer teamed with his brother, freshman Alex Hammer, to lose only one game at No. 1 doubles.
Senior Robby Woehrle coincided with freshman Kyle Sauley to win 8-4 at No. 3 in doubles. Woerhle did not drop a game on his way to winning at No. 5 singles. Sauley also was victorious on the No. 6 court.
Alex Hammer was also successful in his singles match after he picked up a 6-3, 6-4 triumphant win at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Ethan Caldwell lost only four games at the No. 2 singles position. Senior Luke Snyder rounded out the winners with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 4 singles.
The Grizzlies will open the conference tournament on Saturday, May 2. The HCAC tournament will be played at the West Indy Racquet Club.