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Men's Tennis Puts Up Battle in Loss to #4 Wingate

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba fell to NCAA II fourth-ranked Wingate 5-2 in South Atlantic Conference men’s tennis action on Wednesday afternoon at the Country Club of Salisbury. Wingate improves to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 1-8 and 0-2.

Catawba took the doubles point. Top-seeded Ryen Reid and Cason Hiers topped the NCAA II fifth-ranked duo of Daniel Belsito and Josep Canyadell 6-1. No. 2 seeds Jack Joel and Joseph Honorio posted a 6-3 win over 16th-ranked Roy Stepanov and Matteo Gostoli.

The Bulldogs came back in singles, winning five of the six matches. Joel topped Stepanov, ranked #50, in three sets. Hiers and Adam Rocko fell in straight sets, but each forced a tiebreaker.

Catawba travels to Tusculum on Saturday for a SAC match at 1 p.m. with the Pioneers.

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