The Gustavus men’s tennis team had another big day at the ITA Midwest Regional advancing four players to the semifinals in the singles draw and three doubles teams to the semifinals of the doubles draw. The tournament concludes Sunday afternoon.
In the singles draw, junior transfer Loren Collins, senior Ben Lundell, and sophomores Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen all advanced to the semifinals in singles. Seventh-seeded Adam Morgan recorded the upset of the day as he defeated top-seeded Nick Barnes of Coe College 3-6, 6-4, 6-1in the quarterfinals. Morgan will play teammate Ben Lundell, the sixth-seed in one semifinal on Sunday morning. Lundell defeated #10 seed Brad Livingston of Carthage 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. In the other semifinal, 14th seed Brett Morse-Karzen will face second seed and teammate Loren Collins. Morse-Karzen defeated #3 seed Dane Schmidgall of Carthage 6-4, 6-4, while Collins defeated #5 seed Phil Williams of Coe 6-2, 6-2.
In the doubles draw, Gustavus continued its dominance advancing three doubles teams to the semifinals including third-seeded Loren Collins and Ben Lundell, fifth-seeded Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen and seventh-seeded Kyle Anderson and Roy Bryan. Collins and Lundell defeated teammates Tim Gruenisen and Will Colmar 8-5,while Morgan and Morse-Karzen defeated Mark Leeder and Tyler Stevenson of St. Mary’s 8-3. Anderson and Bryan upset fourth-seeded Ted and Tom Nagel of St. Olaf 8-4. Anderson and Bryan will now face teammates Morgan and Morse-Karzen in one semifinal at 2:00 pm on Sunday. In the other semifinal, Collins and Lundell will face top-seeded Nick Barnes and Adam Elliot of Coe College. Barnes and Elliot defeated Mike Solum and Jeff Butorac of St. John’s 8-4 in the quarterfinals.
The tournament will conclude on Sunday with semifinals and finals in both the singles and doubles draws. The winners will advance to the ITA Small College Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas in late October.