Transylvania men's tennis opens HCAC play with victories over Manchester, Defiance

Brandon Stofleth returns serve

Defiance, Ohio –The Transylvania men's tennis team opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play in spectacular fashion on Saturday, picking up a sweep of the Manchester University Spartans and the Defiance College Yellow Jackets.

The Pioneers began the day with a 9-0 win over the Spartans in Fort Wayne, Indiana before traveling to Defiance, Ohio, where they claimed a 7-0 victory from the short-handed Yellow Jackets. For Transylvania, it is the first time that the team has won back-to-back HCAC matches since May 2016.

With the pair of victories on Saturday, the Pioneers' record improves to 5-8 overall, and 2-0 in HCAC play.

Transylvania opened the day with dominance, capturing all three doubles matches from Manchester by scores of 8-3. In the No. 3 doubles match Brandon Stofleth teamed with Hunter Gregg to pick up his first victory of the season. The win was also the first for Gregg as a Pioneer.

The Pioneers continued to dominate the Spartans in singles play as Arjun Gupta took a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the No. 1 singles match, while Hugo Kouhkna rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the No. 2 singles match.

Nick McNamee provided the Pioneers with the most intriguing match of the day, a No. 3 singles battle that the freshman came from behind to win by the score of 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5).

The Pioneers' dominance continued into the afternoon as they coasted to a 7-0 victory over Defiance. As a team, Transylvania dropped just 13 combined games in the impressive victory.

Transylvania head coach Kevin Calhoun was pleased with his team's preparation for and performance in the conference doubleheader.

"It's great to start HCAC play with two wins," said Calhoun. "The players took the lessons we learned from our non-conference schedule and put them to use today. We are ready for the challenges that will face us over the remainder of our matches."

Up next for Transylvania is a trip to Terre Haute, Indiana to face the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers on Saturday, April 6. The match is set for a 9:00 a.m. start at the Joy Hulbert Tennis Center.

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