Men’s Tennis Tops Hamline and MSU-Mankato

Posted on February 14th, 2011 by

Patrick Clark hits an overhead for a winner against Hamline.

The Gustavus men’s tennis team opened up its 2011 home schedule with convincing wins over Hamline (9-0) and Minnesota State, Mankato (9-0) at the Swanson Tennis Center on Saturday.  Coach Tommy Valentini’s squad, which dropped only two sets in the 12 singles matches during the day, improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in MIAC play.

Against Hamline, the Gusties opened conference play with a solid win over the Pipers.  The match of the day turned out to be at #1 singles where Amrik Donkena locked up in a tight match with David Croonquist.  Donkena won the first set 6-2 and led 5-4 in the second set before Croonquist rallied to claim the second set 7-6 winning the tiebreaker 7-5.  Donkena won the third set superbreaker 10-7 to claim the win at #1 singles.  The Gusties won the other five singles matches in straight sets including Patrick Clark at #2 (6-1, 7-5), Tyler Johnson at #3 (6-2, 6-2), Juan Luis Chu at #4 (6-0, 6-1), Daniel Pomeranc at #5 (6-0, 6-0), and Joe MacGibbon at #6 (6-0, 6-0).  Gustavus also claimed all three doubles matches to post the 9-0 victory.

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Bryan Miles picked up a win at #1 singles against MSU, Mankato.

Against MSU, Mankato, Head Coach Tommy Valentini used 12 different players in the 9-0 win over the Mavericks.  The Gusties opened the match with three doubles victories including Amrik Donkena and Patrick Clark posting an 8-5 win at #1, followed by Tyler Johnson and Joe MacGibbon winning 8-2 at #2, and Daniel Pomeranc and Juan Luis Chu claiming an 8-2 win at #3.

In singles play, Bryan Miles defeated Mitch Barr at the #1 position 6-2, 6-2, while Grant Leisner defeated Marco Vazquez 6-2, 6-0 at the #2 position.  The #3 singles match turned out to be quite a battle at Brooks Stapleton outdueled Cole Jensen 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.  The Gusties closed out the match with three straight victories as Michael Lieberman defeated Jon Alland 6-2, 6-0 at #4, Logan Peterson defeated Mike Lindaman 6-1, 6-0 at #5, and Sean Golden defeated Matt Jameson 6-3, 6-1 at #6.

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