The Gustavus men’s tennis doubles team of Andy Bryan and Charlie Paukert won its first round match at the NCAA Championship in Lewiston, Maine on Friday afternoon. Bryan and Paukert defeated David Ashlock and Dustin Phillips of Texas-Tyler 6-2, 6-3 and will now face the third seeded team of Filip Marinkovic and Andrew Thomson of Middlebury on Saturday at 3:00 pm (EST) in a quarterfinal match.
In singles play, Bryan, who was seeded second, was knocked off in the first round by Filip Marinkovic of Middlebury by the score of 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (3-7). Seven of the top eight seeds in the singles tournament lost on the first day. The only seeded player left is #1 seed John Watts of Washington University of St. Louis. The loss ends a standout career for Bryan who finished with a career singles mark of 104-26.
Junior John Kauss was also defeated in his first round singles match. Kauss lost to Mike Klimchak of the College of New Jersey 2-6, 0-6. Kauss, who played #2 singles for the Gusties finished the season with a record of 21-3 against Division III opponents (25-8 overall).