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Jason Denton, a sophomore now playing No. 1 singles for Marian University, drills a forehand during his days at Concord. Denton and fellow CHS alum T Cunningham are on a Marian team competing this week at the NAIA nationals. (Truth photo)
Pair of Concord alums part of Marian team headed to tennis nationals
Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. — No. 1-slotted player Jason Denton and doubles player T. Grant Cunningham, a pair of Concord High School graduates, are members of the Marian University team slated to compete in the 63rd annual NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championships May 13-17 in Mobile.

The Knights earned their first-ever team bid in the event by winning the Crossroads League Tournament last fall. They are one of 24 teams invited nationwide.

Denton, a sophomore, has played 1 singles in each of his last 12 outings for Marian, compiling a 7-5 record, including four straight wins. Overall during the fall and spring seasons he is 20-10 while splitting time at 1 and 2 singles. In doubles, he is 14-19, almost entirely at No. 1.

Cunningham, a freshman, has compiled a 3-3 mark over multiple doubles positions.

Marian (12-15) meets No. 10-ranked Bethany College (19-2) of Lindsborg, Kan., in a first-round match at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The top eight seeds have first-round byes.

According to Marian’s website, individuals can get updates on Twitter @MUKnights.