GRANVILLE, Ohio (April 9, 2022) – After advancing to No. 13 in the recent Division III Men’s ITA Collegiate Tennis National Rankings on Friday, Denison University men’s tennis teams swept three games in a row Saturday to improve to 16- 1 overall on the season. The Big Red started the day with a win over Capital University in the morning before returning in the afternoon for another win, this time over Asbury University (Ky.). Denison then ended the evening with a win over Wabash College to improve to 3-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference West Division.
No. 13 Denison 9, Capital 0
- Both pairs of Andy Mackler and Colin Gramley (No. 2 doubles) and Archie Turner and Blake Eason (No. 3 doubles) did not lose a single game en route to 8-0 wins and a 2-0 lead for Denison. It was the first time they play together so far this season for Turner and Eason.
- Tim Cianciola and Jack Bulger then finished double-sweep to start the busy day with an 8-3 win at No. 1 spot.
- The three to six singles matches all went to Denison via shutout mode.
- Neither Eason (No. 3 singles) nor Milan Gonela (No. 4 singles) dropped a single match as they beat the match by a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins.
- Cianciola won 6-1, 6-2 in first place and Marc-Lennart Harms won 6-2, 6-0 in two holes.
- He played in the first singles match of the year, Nadeem Jones did not lose a match in fifth place, giving Big Red their third 6-0, 6-0 victory in the match.
- other than that Joseph Boyle won 5-0, retired in the position as No. 6.
Nr. 13 Denison 9, Asbury 0
- The Big Red swept the doubles matches in a row as Cianciola and Bulger (No. 1 doubles) won 8-1, Harms and Eason (No. 2 doubles) won 8-4, and Mackler and Gramley (No. 3 doubles) won by a score of 8-3.
- Mackler won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles before the finish with a score of 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles by Harms.
- Cianciola then won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles before Bulger had to pull off a three-set victory, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, after dropping the first set at No. 2 singles.
- Denison finished it off with victories of 6-2, 6-1 on No. 6 singles with Daniel Garcia and 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles at Ryan Patrick.
No. 13 Denison 9, Wabash 0
- For the second time in the day, Denison got a pair of 8-0 wins at both the No. 2 doubles (Harms and Eason) and the No. 3 doubles (Mackler and Patrick).
- Cianciola and Bulger, the number one ranked doubles pair in the Central Region, won 8-2 to improve to 14-0 together (all in No. 1 doubles) after the three wins on Saturday.
- In addition, Harms and Eason now have 8-1 when playing doubles together, while for Mackler and Patrick it was the first time they played together so far this season.
- So, if it was possible to be even more dominant than they were all day, Big Red did so in their final round of singles matches, as not a single Denison player lost more than one match in any match.
- Bulger (No. 1 singles) and Gonela (No. 4 singles) both won 6-0, 6-1 while Harms (No. 2 singles) and Gramely (No. 5 singles) both won 6-1, 6-0. Gonela now has 7-0 on the season, while Gramley has 5-0.
- For the second time in a day, Eason won without losing a match (6-0, 6-0) in No. 3 singles as he so far improved to 8-0 in singles matches this season.
- Last but not least, Turner played in his first singles match of the season and won 6-0, 6-0 in No. 6 singles.
- Now with 14 wins in a row, Denison (16-1 overall, 3-0 NCAC West) still has not lost since a close 5-4 defeat against the current number 1 nationally ranked team in the country, Case Western Reserve University, all the way back on February 19th.
- In addition to winning his first ever game against Asbury (11-4) on Saturday, Denison now has 24-0 all-time against Capital (6-10) and is 26-1 all the time against Wabash (6-10, 0 ) -2).
Next up: Denison finishes NCAC West Division away game at DePauw University (10-6, 2-0) tomorrow, Sunday, April 10, at 13.00 in search of their fourth undefeated conference season in a row. The Big Red have not lost a game in conference or division games since a 5-4 loss to DePauw during their last regular season game of the 2017 season, a span of 14 wins in a row.