The tenth-ranked Gustavus men’s tennis team defeated Loras College 9-0 and fell to ninth-ranked Kenyon College in an extremely tight 5-4 match on Saturday. The Gusties split their squads as half of the team traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to face Loras and the other half traveled to Milwaukee, Wis. to play Kenyon. Gustavus saw its overall record move to 18-8 on the season.
In the first match of the day, the Gusties captured all three doubles points for the 3-0 lead heading into singles play. The tightest doubles occurred at the #1 position where Eric Ice and Krishan Jethwa defeated Jared Levy and Joe Holguin, 9-8 (7-3). In singles competition, Ryan Hallsten cruised to a first set victory over Jared Levy 6-0, but Levy came back to win the second set 6-4 to for a supertiebreaker. Hallsten won ten consecutive points to win the point at #2 singles. The remaining Gustavus points came from straight set decisions as Daniel Pomeranc (#1), Peter Wright (#3), Theo Roth (#4), Krishan Jethwa (#5), and Caleb Kauss (#6) posted wins.
Later in their match against Kenyon, the Gusties won doubles points at the #1 and #2 positions. John Kauss and Mike Burdakin defeated Michael Greenberg and William VandenBerg 8-6 at the #1 spot and Charlie Paukert and Ben Tomasek won a tiebreaker 7-5 to defeat Charles Brody and Daniel Becker 9-8 at #2. Kenyon picked up the point at #3 doubles as Tomas Piskacek and Jeremy Polster defeated Nick Hansen and David Koppel 8-4.
Singles matches at the #3, #4, and #6 positions were pushed to the three-set limit as both teams needed each point. Charlie Paukert dropped the first set against Charles Brody 6-4, but battled back to win the final two sets 6-4, 6-3 at the #3 spot. At #4 singles, Ben Tomasek won the first set over Jeremy Polster 6-4. However, Polster mounted a comeback of his own as he claimed the next two sets 6-2, 6-4. Gustavus’ Nick Hansen and Kenyon’s Daniel Becker split sets at #6 singles as Hansen won the first set 6-1 and Becker won the second set 6-4. In the deciding set, Becker prevailed 6-3. The Gusties earned their fourth point of the match at the #1 spot as John Kauss defeated Michael Greenberg in straight sets.
Matches scheduled to be played against Wartburg and Knox on Sunday in Waverly, Iowa have been postponed indefinitely due to weather conditions.