Men's Tennis Narrowly Falls to Franklin, IU-SE

conradINDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Rose-Hulman narrowly dropped a pair of competitive men's tennis matches on Saturday.

IU-Southeast topped Rose-Hulman 6-3 in the opener, before Franklin earned a 5-4 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.

Against IU-Southeast, senior Ben Paras (Tucson, Ariz./Nordhoff) led the Engineers with wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.  Paras teamed with senior Devon Fritz (Lakeside, Calif./West Hills) for the No. 1 doubles victory.

Freshman Matthew Conrad (Anderson/Lapel) also contributed a win at the No. 4 singles position.

Against Franklin, Paras and Fritz won again at the No. 1 doubles position.  The No. 3 doubles team of freshman Erin Miller (Stamping Ground, Ky./Scott County) and senior Eric Teeman (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) also captured a win.

Franklin claimed four of six singles matches to earn the team victory.  Rose-Hulman winners included junior Nate Moore (Scottsdale, Ariz.) at the No. 3 position and Conrad at No. 4.

Rose-Hulman stands 1-4 on the season and returns to action against Wabash College on March 20.

IU-SOUTHEAST 6, ROSE-HULMAN 3

SINGLES
1. Ben Paras (RHIT) def. Shane Burke (IU-SE) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
2. Evan Biesterveld (IU-SE) def. Devon Fritz (RHIT) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-8)
3. Tyler Jackson (IU-SE) def. Nate Moore (RHIT) 7-5, 6-1
4. Matthew Conrad (RHIT) def. Jimmy Nungester (IU-SE) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Trent Wallace (IU-SE) def. Eric Teeman (RHIT) 6-4, 6-1
6. Stephen Sanders (IU-SE) def. Randy Billingsley (RHIT) 6-4, 6-4

DOUBLES
1. Ben Paras/Devon Fritz (RHIT) def. Shane Burke/Jimmy Nungester (IU-SE) 8-5
2. Evan Biesterveld/Tyler Jackson (IU-SE) def. Nate Moore/Matthew Conrad (RHIT) 8-5
3. Trent Wallace/Stephen Sanders (IU-SE) def. Eric Teeman/Erin Miller (RHIT) 8-5

FRANKLIN 5, ROSE-HULMAN 4

SINGLES
1. Blake Wareham (FRANKLIN) def. Ben Paras (RHIT) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
2. Ryan Hammer (FRANKLIN) def. Devon Fritz (RHIT) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
3. Nate Moore (RHIT) def. Luke Snyder (FRANKLIN) 7-5, 6-2
4. Matthew Conrad (RHIT) def. Jared Hunt (FRANKLIN) 6-2, 6-1
5. Robby Woehrle (FRANKLIN) def. Eric Teeman (RHIT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Evan Pierle (FRANKLIN) def. Randy Billingsley (RHIT) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

DOUBLES
1. Ben Paras/Devon Fritz (RHIT) def. Blake Wareham/Ryan Hammer (FRANKLIN) 8-2
2. Luke Snyder/Jared Hunt (FRANKLIN) def. Nate Moore/Matthew Conrad (RHIT) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Erin Miller/Eric Teeman (RHIT) def. Robby Woehrle/Evan Pierle (FRANKLIN) 8-5