Men’s Tennis Advances To Round Three of NCAA Tournament With 5-1 Win Over Luther

Posted on May 3rd, 2008 by

Nick Hansen rips a backhand in his doubles match.

Nick Hansen rips a backhand in his doubles match.


Mike Burdakin sets to hit a backhand return.

Mike Burdakin sets to hit a backhand return.

The Gustavus men’s tennis team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a hard-fought 5-1 win over Luther College at the Swanson Tennis on the Gustavus campus on Saturday afternoon.

The Gusties claimed two of the three doubles matches and began singles play with a 2-1 lead. Surprisingly, Gustavus’ #1 doubles team of Andy Bryan and Charlie Paukert suffered only their fourth loss against a Division III opponent this season falling to Max Busch and Jono Martin 9-8 (10-8 in the tiebreaker). However, Gustavus claimed two important doubles points as John Kauss and Mike Burdakin won 8-5 at the #2 position and Ben Tomasek and Nick Hansen won 8-5 at the #3 position.

In singles play, the Gusties claimed three convincing straight set victories to clinch the match. Andy Bryan defeated Max Busch 6-2, 6-1 at the #1 position, while John Kauss defeated Jono Martin 6-1, 6-3 at the #2 position, and Charlie Paukert defeated Utsab Rijal 6-1, 6-2 at the #4 position.

The Gusties will now face the University of Texas at Tyler in a third round match on Sunday at 12:00 pm at the Brown Outdoor Courts. The weather gives hope that the match can be played outside unlike the one women’s match and two men’s matches on Saturday.

Match Results

NCAA Regional Tournament Website

 

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