CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Franklin men's tennis team hit the road for the final time in 2018 on Saturday afternoon, taking on Mount St. Joseph University in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) showdown.
The Grizzlies (5-11, 2-4 HCAC) jumped out to a one-point lead in doubles play following a trio of hard-fought battles. Franklin would use that momentum to roll pas the Lions in singles play, giving the Grizzlies a 7-2 win.
Franklin's top doubles team of Alex Hammer and Blake Amonett notched their second straight win, taking down Cooper Wade and Ian Stutz, 8-4. The Grizzlies grabbed the lead heading into doubles play after Sam Godby and Dean Elrod closed out a hard-fought 8-6 win over Guy Watkins and Cody Tallon at No. 3 doubles.
The Grizzlies' top five singles players all notched points to secure the win. Hammer was a 6-2, 6-3 winner in the No. 1 spot while Amonett followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 2 position to put Franklin within a point of securing the win.
Jacob Zachary needed a full three sets to wrap up the win, coming from behind for a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 win. Kyle Sauley was a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 4 spot while Godby claimed a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 5 singles spot.
Franklin brings the 2017-18 season to a close on Sunday (Apr. 29) afternoon, taking on Transylvania University at Mickel-Hoover Tennis Complex in Franklin. First serve is set for noon.
No. 1: Alex Hammer/Blake Amonett def. Cooper Wade/Ian Stutz - 8-4
No. 2: Nate Clark/Ben Montez def. Jacob Zachary/Kyle Sauley - 8-6
No. 3: Sam Godby/Dean Elrod def. Guy Watkins/Cody Tallon – 8-6
No. 1: Alex Hammer def. Nate Clark - 6-2, 6-3
No. 2: Blake Amonett def. Cooper Wade – 6-1, 6-3
No. 3: Jacob Zachary def. Guy Watkins – 4-6, 6-2, 10-6
No. 4: Kyle Sauley def. Ian Stutz – 6-2, 6-2
No. 5: Sam Godby def. Ben Montez – 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: Cody Tallon def. Dean Elrod – 7-6, 6-2