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No. 2 Lords shut out Denison

Denison fell to second-ranked Kenyon on Wednesday in Gambier.
Denison fell to second-ranked Kenyon on Wednesday in Gambier.

The second-ranked Kenyon Lords picked up a 9-0 victory over rival Denison on Wednesday evening in Gambier, Ohio.

Kenyon grabbed a commanding 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles competition.  The Lords recorded an 8-1 decision at first doubles, and posted an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles.  At the second flight, the team of Andrew Marczak and Casey Cempre kept things close with Josh Stiles and Paul Burgin before dropping a hard fought 8-5 decision.

Kenyon won five of the six singles flights in straight sets.  At the third flight, Marczak and Wade Heerboth needed three sets before determining a winner.  Heerboth edge the DU junior in the opening set, 6-4.  However, Marczak answered with a dominating 6-0 decision in the second.  In the third-and-final set, Heerboth squeezed out another 6-4 decision to win the point.

Denison falls to 7-5, while Kenyon improves to 13-3.  The Big Red opens North Coast Athletic Conference West Division play on Sunday when they host DePauw at 2 p.m.