Defiance, Ohio - Freshman Kyle Sauley (Madison, Ind./Madison) rallied after dropping the opening set to pick up a three-set victory at No. 6 singles to clinch the Franklin College men's tennis team's 5-4 win at Defiance College in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday.
Franklin (8-5, 6-1 HCAC) secured a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
With the match tied at 4-4, Sauley forced a deciding third set with a 6-4 triumph in the second set. He completed the comeback with a 7-5 victory in the third set.
Franklin held a 2-1 lead after doubles with victories on the No. 1 and 3 courts. Senior Ryan Hammer (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) and freshman Alex Hammer (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) lost only two games at the No. 1 position.
Senior Robby Woehrle (Avon, Ind./Avon) and Sauley teamed to pick up a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Woehrle earned a straight-set victory at No. 5 singles. He won the opening set by a 6-4 score before closing out the match with a 6-3 second-set score.
Ryan Hammer won a second-set tiebreaker 7-4 to pick up a straight-set triumph on the No. 1 court.
Defiance picked up a win at No. 2 singles before recording three-set victories on the No. 3 and 4 courts to square the match.
Then, the match focused on Sauley's contest at No. 6 singles. He improved to 4-2 on the season in singles action, including a 3-0 HCAC mark.
Franklin returns to action on Sunday, April 26 at noon when it hosts Mount St. Joseph University in the regular-season finale at the Mickel-Hoover Tennis Complex.