Men’s Tennis Earns Two Wins To Post 11 Straight

Posted on March 4th, 2017 by

ST. PETER, Minn. – The No. 23 ranked Gustavus men’s tennis team picked up its 10th and 11th straight victories Saturday at Swanson Tennis Center, defeating the No. 17-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 8-1 and Macalester College 9-0.

The Gusties improve their record to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

“The guys put together a great team effort today,” said Head Coach Tommy Valentini. “We were able to execute our game plan in the doubles against UW-Whitewater to help us get out to a good start. We competed with poise and were resilient in some key moments throughout the singles against a very good team. Against Macalester the energy in the doubles was outstanding and we did well to carry it over into the singles. Today was an important step forward for us. Our young guys were able to build trust in our approach and our leaders calmly embraced some big moments. We’re grateful that the results lined up with how we competed.”

Gustavus 8, UW-Whitewater 1 (Box)

Singles

  1. Mohanad Alhouni (Jr., Tripoli, Libya) (GAC) def. Grant Thompson (UWW) 6-3, 6-4
  2. Zach Ekstein (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) (GAC) def. Zane Navratil (UWW) 6-1, 6-2
  3. Patrick Whaling (So., Manikob Sabot, Va.) def. Jimmy Engelhart (UWW) 6-3, 7-5
  4. Tommy Entwistle (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (GAC) def. Rory Calabria (UWW) 6-1, 6-7, 10-4
  5. Chase Johnson (So., Golden Valley, Minn.) (GAC) def. Brandon Dechter (UWW) 6-4, 6-3
  6. Yassine Derbani (Fy., Casablanca, Morocco) (GAC) def. Matt Zurowski (UWW) 6-4, 7-5

Doubles

  1. Alhouni/Whaling (GAC) def. Grant Thompson/Jimmy Engelhart (UWW) 8-4
  2. Entwistle/Johnson (GAC) def. Rory Calabria/Zach Wood (UWW) 8-3
  3. Zane Navratil/Matt Zurowski (UWW) def. David Hagberg (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.)/Michael O’Neil (Fy., Edina, Minn.) (GAC) 9-7

Gustavus 9, Macalester 0 (Box)

Singles

  1. Alhouni (GAC) def. Josh Doyle (MAC) 6-2, retired
  2. Ekstein (GAC) def. Aidan Tirpack (MAC) 6-2, 6-2
  3. Gabe Steinwand (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) def. Hardt Bergmann (MAC) 6-0, 6-1
  4. O’Neil (GAC) def. Peter Willenborg (MAC) 6-2, 6-1
  5. Hagberg (GAC) def. Ben Wilson (MAC) 6-1, 6-3
  6. Mason Bultje (Jr., Mankato, Minn.) (GAC) def. Travis Beach (MAC) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

  1. Alhouni/Whaling (GAC) def. Josh Doyle/Michael Lockhart (MAC) 8-3
  2. Entwistle/Johnson (GAC) def. Aidan Tirpack/Hardt Bergmann (MAC) 8-1
  3. Steinwand/Bultje (GAC) def. Ben Wilson/Peter Willenborg (MAC) 8-2

The Black and Gold return to Swanson Tennis Center next Saturday, hosting three matches against St. Olaf, Saint Mary’s, and Luther College.

 

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