The Gustavus men’s tennis team suffered a 7-2 loss to Williams College in Claremont, Calif. on Tuesday. It was the second loss for the Gusties to a Division III opponent this season. Gustavus is currently ranked #7 in the latest ITA Division III poll, while Williams is ranked #5. The Gusties are now 17-5 on the season.
After Williams won the doubles point at the #3 spot, Gustavus’ Charlie Paukert and Ben Tomasek picked up an 8-5 win at #1 doubles to even the score at 1-1. The Ephs recorded their second point at the #2 position when Nick Lebedoff and Will Petrie defeated Mike Burdakin and David Koppel 9-8 (7-3 in the tiebreaker).
In singles play, Mike Burdakin dropped the first set 6-2 against Jeremy Weinberger at the #2 spot before coming back to win the next two sets by identical 6-3 scores to tally the Gusties’ second point of the match.
Gustavus will play #10 University of Redlands on Wednesday afternoon as they continue their spring break trip to Southern California.
#1 – Charlie Paukert/Ben Tomasek (GA) defeated Bret Thatcher/Dicken Chaplin (WILL) 8-5
#2 – Nick Lebedoff/Will Petrie (WILL) defeated Mike Burdakin/David Koppel (GA) 9-8 (7-3)
#3 – Kevin Shallcross/Jeremy Weinberger (WILL) defeated Nick Hansen/Patrick Clark (GA) 8-3
#1 – Nick Lebedoff (WILL) defeated Charlie Paukert (GA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-1)
#2 – Mike Burdakin (GA) defeated Jeremy Weinberger (WILL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
#3 – Rick Devlin (WILL) defeated Ben Tomasek (GA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#4 – Will Petrie (WILL) defeated Patrick Clark (GA) 6-3, 6-2
#5 – Kevin Shallcross (WILL) defeated Nick Hansen (GA) 6-4, 6-1
#6 – Karol Furmaga (WILL) defeated Ryan Hallsten (GA) 6-4, 6-0