Men’s Tennis Advances To Finals of ITA Division III Indoor Tennis Championship

Posted on February 23rd, 2008 by

The Gustavus men’s tennis team advanced to the championship match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Division III Indoor Championship with a 6-3 win over #2 Emory on Saturday afternoon. The Gusties, who are the #3 seed, will face #1 UC-Santa Cruz in the title match on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 9:00 am. UC-Santa Cruz defeated #5 Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.) 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The tournament is being played at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.

On Saturday, Gustavus jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play and then posted three wins in singles play to claim the 6-3 victory over Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.). All three doubles matches were tightly contested. Andy Bryan and Charlie Paukert of Gustavus defeated Michael Goodwin and Colin Egan of Emory, 8-3 at the #1 position and then the Gusties #2 tandem of John Kauss and Mike Burdakin defeated Hardy Ehlers and David Caplan, 9-7. Gustavus wrapped up the doubles sweep with Ben Tomasek and Nick Hansen defeating Chris Redmond and Mark Boren, 8-6.

Leading 3-0, Gustavus wrapped up the match with wins at #1 and #2 singles as Andy Bryan defeated Michael Goodwin 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 at #1 and then John Kauss defeated Mark Boren 6-3, 6-4 at #2. With the match decided at 5-0, Emory fought back to win three of the final four matches to make the final score 6-3. Gustavus’ Aaron Zenner claimed the final singles win as he defeated Chris Jordan 6-4, 6-1 at the #6 position.

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