By KEVIN HARRIS
> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The IU Southeast men’s tennis team defeated NCAA Divison III Rose-Hulman 6-3 on Saturday to conclude the home portion of its 2014 schedule.
The Grenadiers (7-6) picked up doubles wins by the No. 2 pairing of Shane Burke and Justin Batliner (8-4) and at No. 3 Alex Martin and Bryson Mills (8-6).
IU Southeast’s singles players at 3-6 each posted victories on Saturday, many in dominant fashion.
Burke was in control throughout at No. 3 singles, defeating Matthew Conrad 6-1, 6-2. Bryson Mills got past Nate Moore 6-1, 6-3, Alex Martin dominated Zach Rothenberg 6-1, 6-1 and Batliner defeated Joe Kendall 6-3, 6-2.
IU Southeast returns to action on Tuesday at Berea.
IU SOUTHEAST 6, ROSE-HULMAN 3
1 — Brandon Benedict (RH) def. John James 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 10-8
2 — Georges Adam (RH) def. Trent Wallace 6-3, 6-4.
3 — Shane Burke (IUS) def. Matthew Conrad 6-1, 6-2.
4 — Bryson Mills (IUS) def. Nate Moore 6-0, 6-3.
5 — Alex Martin (IUS) def. Zach Rothenberg 6-1, 6-1.
6 — Justin Batliner (IUS) def. Joe Kendall 6-3, 6-2.
1 — Benedict-Adam (RH) d. James-Wallace 8-5.
2 — Burke-Batliner (IUS) d. Conrad-Moore 8-4.
3 — Martin-Mills (IUS) d. Miller-Montgomery 8-6.
IU SOUTHEAST ATHLETICS JOIN ‘YOU CAN PLAY’ INITIATIVE
The IU Southeast athletic department has launched a video campaign joining with the “You Can Play” project to promote an attitude of inclusiveness and tolerance that encompasses the athletic programs at IU Southeast. IU Southeast is the first Indiana University campus to produce a video for the You Can Play organization.
Coordinator of Diversity for Academic Affairs Diane Reid and Lecturer of Communication Studies Michael Abernethy brought the vision for the video to the athletic department and University Communications staffs, which helped produce the campaign.
According to Reid, "IU Southeast wants to become a model for the support of diversity on campus and in our community. With the launch of this video, we will join other universities who have publicly committed their support to creating a positive, welcoming climate for their athletes. We are proud to be the first campus in the IU system to join the You Can Play project."
Other universities that have produced videos for the organization include Stanford University, the University of Missouri and University of Cincinnati.
The video features student-athletes, coaches and administrators. It will be featured on the athletic department web site, social media and University video outlets.
"One of the IU Southeast athletic department's top priorities is to promote an atmosphere of inclusion in all of our programs regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender," IU Southeast Athletic Director Joe Glover said. "This video is just one way that illustrates our commitment to inclusiveness and tolerance throughout our department and campus community."
The video will premiere on Wednesday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. in room 127 of the University Center on campus.
ABOUT “YOU CAN PLAY”
You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.