Crawfordsville, Ind. - Franklin College's No. 1 doubles tandem of junior Ryan Hammer (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) and freshman Ethan Caldwell (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North) led the men's tennis team in an 8-1 loss at Wabash College on Wednesday.
Hammer and Caldwell earned an 8-5 victory over Wabash's Michael Makio and Nate Koelper. The duo has won both doubles matches this season.
Senior Jared Hunt (New Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community) dropped a three-set singles match at the No. 6 position. He forced the third-set tiebreaker with a 6-4 score in the second set. Wabash's Nathan Neal won the deciding set 10-5.
Franklin opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Sunday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Defiance College.
Wabash 8, Franklin 1
No. 1 Michael Makio (WC) def. Ryan Hammer (FC) 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Nate Koelper (WC) def. Ethan Caldwell (FC) 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Mark Troiano (WC) def. Robby Woehrle (FC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Graham McMullen (WC) def. Luke Snyder (FC) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Mazin Hakim (WC) def. Evan Pierle (FC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Nathan Neal (WC) def. Jared Hunt (FC) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5
No. 1 Hammer/Caldwell (FC) def. Makio/Koelper (WC) 8-5
No. 2 Troiano/McMullen (WC) def. Snyder/Hunt (FC) 8-4
No. 3 Hakim/Neal (WC) def. Neal Herzog/Woehrle (FC) 8-1