MARION, IN – Last season, the Spring Arbor University men's tennis team had the unique opportunity to compete in two National Championship tournaments. Both the NCCAA and the NAIA held their tournaments at the same location at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. Since they were held in consecutive weeks, and that the Cougars qualified for both, it worked out well for the Cougars.
Having already qualified for the NAIA National Tournament this season, the Cougars were attempting to accomplish a repeat of last year with both tournaments held at the same time, and at the same place. But, it wasn't to be as the Cougars fell to Grace College 5-4 in the NCCAA Midwest Regional Tournament held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN.
The Cougars had their backs to the wall after the doubles portion of the match. Thomas Calderone returned from injury and teamed up with John Hall at #3 doubles and the pair defeated Grace's Mike Humphrey and Jack Wang 8-4 for the lone doubles point.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the singles, Spring Arbor had to win four of the six matches to advance. David Darling won a great match at #1 singles 6-4, 7-5, Aaron Mayes won at #2 singles 6-4, 6-2, and Matt Wojtkowski won at #4 singles 6-2, 6-3. The Cougars couldn't find the fourth point and Grace took the match 5-4.
Spring Arbor falls to 17-7 and will tune up until the NAIA National Tournament May 14-18 in Alabama.