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Men's Tennis Clinches G-MAC Regular Season Championship!

The Charger men's tennis team finished 8-0 in its first season in G-MAC play and earned the #1 seed in next week's conference tournament. Photo by Alexandra Whitford
The Charger men's tennis team finished 8-0 in its first season in G-MAC play and earned the #1 seed in next week's conference tournament. Photo by Alexandra Whitford

Box Score

It wasn't easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.

The Hillsdale College men's tennis team was pushed hard by the University of Findlay, but emerged with a 9-0 victory Sunday at the Margot V. Biermann Center.

The win makes the Chargers 12-6 overall and 8-0 at the completion of Great Midwest Athletic Conference competition. Hillsdale is the 2018 conference regular season champions, and will enter next week's conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.

This is the first conference regular season championship in school history for the sport of men's tennis.

Hillsdale earned quick wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles, with Charlie Adams and Justin Hyman winning 8-1 in the first flight. Dugan Delp and John Ciraci earned an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles, but things got much closer from there.

Julien Clouette and Milan Mirkovic had to battle to win 8-7 at No. 3 doubles, giving Hillsdale the 3-0 lead entering singles play.

Three of the six singles matches needed a third set, but in each case, Hillsdale's player stepped up at crunch time to deliver victories.

Michael Szabo won his match at No. 6 singles 6-1, 5-7, 10-4. Hyman played two dead-even sets, winning 7-6 and losing 6-7 before rallying for a 10-5 win in the third set of his No. 3 singles matchup.

Adams was also tested, winning 6-3, 6-7, 10-5 at No. 2 singles.

Mirkovic won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Delp - honored before the match on Senior Day - was a 6-4, 6-1 winner at No. 4 singles.