The Gustavus men’s tennis team had a strong showing at the first day of the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional being held at the Swanson Tennis Center and the Brown Outdoor Courts on the Gustavus campus as six players advanced to the Round of 16 and four teams advanced to the third round in doubles. The tournament continues on Saturday and finishes with both singles and doubles championships on Sunday.
Leading the way for the Gusties were seniors John Kauss and Mike Burdakin, who picked up several wins in doubles and singles. Kauss, the top-seeded player in the singles draw, began the tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Aaron Gendron of Luther in the second round. He followed that with win over Kevin Goihl of Saint John’s 6-0, 6-0. As the sixth-seed, Burdakin defeated Michael Coleman of Macalester 6-0, 6-2 in the second round. Burdakin advanced to the fourth round after St. Olaf’s Knute Gundersen was forced to retire early in the first set trailing 3-0.
Other players moving on to the Round of 16 include eighth-seed Charlie Paukert, 17th-seed Kevin Stickney, Patrick Clark and Ashok Jethwa. Paukert posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Doug Marmar of UW-La Crosse and a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jon Aranda of Carleton. Stickney won in similar fashion as he defeated Nathan Fekete of UW-La Crosse 6-1, 7-5 followed by 11th-seed Winston Park of Carleton 6-3, 6-1. Clark opened the day with a 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7) win over 13th-seed Joey Lankelma of Coe before defeating Macalester’s Chris Fowler 6-2, 6-0. Jethwa recorded a first round win over Macalester’s Lewis Wilcox 6-1, 6-3 and advanced to the third round by a walkover. Jethwa pulled one of the big upsets of the day by defeating seventh-seed Max Busch of Luther 7-5, 6-1.
The Gusties were just as successful in doubles play as four duos advanced to the third round, including second-seed John Kauss and Mike Burdakin and third-seed David Koppel and Charlie Paukert.
Gustavus First Day Results
David Koppel defeated Luke Odegaard (Saint John’s) 6-3, 6-3
Krishan Jethwa defeated Jacob Engelstad (St. Scholastica) 6-2, 6-1
Peter Wright defeated Nick Hubbard-Peters (St. Olaf) 6-3, 6-4
#1 John Kauss defeated Aaron Gendron (Luther) 6-2, 6-0
Danny Glinert (UW-Whitewater) defeated Daniel Pomeranc 6-1, 6-4
Ashok Jethwa defeated David Narvaez (St. Olaf) Walkover
Thomas Orser (Luther) defeated David Koppel 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
#17 Kevin Stickney defeated Nathan Fekete (UW-La Crosse) 6-1, 7-5
Patrick Clark defeated #13 Joey Lankelma (Coe) 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
#20 Nick Hansen defeated Charlie Edelman (Macalester) 6-4, 6-4
Krishan Jethwa defeated Dylan Gumm (Grinnell) 6-2, 6-2
#6 Mike Burdakin defeated Michael Coleman (Macalester) 6-0, 6-2
#8 Charlie Paukert defeated Doug Marmar (UW-La Crosse) 6-0, 6-1
#1 John Kauss defeated Kevin Goihl (Saint John’s) 6-0, 6-0
Ashok Jethwa defeated #7 Max Busch (Luther) 7-5, 6-1
#17 Kevin Stickney defeated #11 Winston Park (Carleton) 6-3, 6-1
Patrick Clark defeated Chris Fowler (Macalester) 6-2, 6-0
#15 Harry Whiteley (Luther) defeated #20 Nick Hansen 6-4, 6-4
#12 Jack Schiro (Carthage) defeated Krishan Jethwa 6-2, 6-2
#6 Mike Burdakin defeated Knute Gundersen (St. Olaf) 3-0, retired
#8 Charlie Paukert defeated Jon Aranda (Carleton) 6-2, 6-4
Chris Fowler/Ali Bandeali (Macalester) defeated Theo Roth/Peter Wright 9-8
Patrick Clark/Daniel Pomeranc defeated Brendan Anderson/Jacob Engelstad (St. Scholastica) 9-7
Eric Ice/Kyle Olson defeated JT Delk/Andy Schwenke (Carthage) 8-6
#8 Nick Hansen/Kevin Stickney defeated Timmy Moller/Alex Mory (UW-Whitewater) 8-4
#3 David Koppel/Charlie Paukert defeated Thomas Orser/Max Piepkorn (Luther) 8-2
Michael Coleman/Charlie Edelman (Macalester) defeated Patrick Clark/Daniel Pomeranc 8-3
Peter Dunn/Colin Russell (Carleton) defeated Ashok Jethwa/Krishan Jethwa 9-8
#2 Mike Burdakin/John Kauss defeated Kevin Fawcett/Lars Olson (UW-Eau Claire) 8-3
Third round singles action begins Saturday morning at 9 am at the Brown Outdoor Tennis
Courts, while the quarterfinals are scheduled at 11:30 am.
Third round doubles begin on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm and the semifinals follow at 2:30