Men’s Tennis Secures MIAC Title With 9-0 Win Over St. Olaf

Posted on April 27th, 2013 by

St. Peter, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis team concluded its regular season schedule with a 9-0 victory over St. Olaf College on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Outdoor Courts. With the win, the Gusties secure their 25th consecutive MIAC Championship and improve to 20-9 overall and 9-0 in the MIAC.

“It was great to play outdoors at the Brown Tennis Complex today,” said Head Coach Tommy Valentini.  “It was a beautiful day and our guys did a wonderful job of handling the outdoor conditions against a capable St. Olaf team.”

The Gusties swept doubles before earning six points in singles following straight-set victories from its 1-through-6 players.

Valentini praised his doubles teams for the team’s fast start.  “We competed with confidence and poise and came out flying in doubles,” said Valentini.  “Everyone executed their game plans nicely on the singles court.  I’m thankful the result measured up with the way our guys competed.”

The Gustavus men’s tennis team will now be the No. 1 seed in the 2013 MIAC Playoffs set to take place next weekend in St. Peter.

“It was a true team effort to capture this year’s MIAC regular season championship,” Valentini stated.  “I’m very proud of the way our guys supported each other.  The guys competed with their values when they were called upon to take the court in MIAC play. We’ll do our best this coming week as we prepare for the MIAC playoffs, and we forward to welcoming the conference’s finest men’s and women’s teams to St. Peter.”

Singles competition

1. Mya Smith-Dennis (GAC) def. Stephen Nolan (STO) 6-1, 6-1

2. Grant Leisner (GAC) def. Andy Catania (STO) 6-2, 6-2

3. Juan Luis Chu (GAC) def. Charlie Reinertsen (STO) 6-0, 6-0

4. Joey MacGibbon (GAC) def. Joey Kronzer (STO) 6-3, 6-3

5. Brad Entwistle (GAC) def. Nico Gibb (STO) 6-0, 6-0

6. Motasem Al-Houni (GAC) def. Mike Schroeder (STO) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Grant Leisner/Tyler Johnson (GAC) def. Andy Catania/Stephen Nolan (STO) 8-2

2. Mya Smith-Dennis/Joey MacGibbon (GAC) def. Ryan Abdella/Joey Kronzer (STO) 8-0

3. Motasem Al-Houni/Brad Entwistle (GAC) def. Charlie Reinertsen/Ben Carlson (STO) 8-6


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