Men’s Tennis Wins Three Matches As Split Squad

Posted on February 17th, 2018 by

ST. PETER, WINONA, Minn. – The No. 16-ranked Gustavus men’s tennis team won three matches Saturday as a split squad, improving to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC. The Gusties started the day with a home-opening 8-1 win over Morningside at the Swanson Tennis Center, followed by a 7-2 win over Luther at home and a 9-0 sweep at Saint Mary’s to start MIAC play.

“Our guys competed very well today,” Head Coach Tommy Valentini said. “We got off to a very good start against Morningside and then to use our depth against Luther and Saint Mary’s was important for our team. Our young guys stepped up beautifully and our leaders were great in both matches. Our energy in the doubles was solid and we are making good progress tactically. In singles the guys stuck to their game plans and competed with the poise and trust that is necessary for us to be the team we’re capable of being. We’ll hope to build on today’s effort as we move into a big weekend filled with exciting challenges.”

Gustavus 8, Morningside 1 | Photo Gallery

Singles

  1. Michael O’Neil (So., Edina, Minn.) (GAC) def. Bernardo Cadario (MSIDE) 6-0, 6-0
  2. Gabe Steinwand (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) (GAC) def. Jesus Sanz (MSIDE) 6-1, 6-2
  3. Mason Bultje (Sr., Mankato, Minn.) (GAC) def. Jordan Betts (MSIDE) 6-0, 6-3
  4. Xavier Sanga (Fy., Madison, Wis.) (GAC) def. Akshay Krishna (MSIDE) 6-1, 6-0
  5. Grahamm Kellogg (Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.) (GAC) def. Jory Opp (MSIDE) 6-1, 6-0
  6. Garrett Seamans (MSIDE) def. Kieran Townsend (So., Mankato, Minn.) (GAC) 1-6, 6-0, 12-10

Doubles

  1. O’Neil/Sanga (GAC) def. Cadario/Sanz (MSIDE) 8-2
  2. Lawrence Hiquiana (Fy., Downers Grove, Ill.)/Mouaad Alhouni (Fy., Tripoli, Libya) (GAC) def. Betts/Krishna (MSIDE) 8-2
  3. Alex Senjem (Jr., Rochester, Minn.)/Zeke Haugen (So., St. Peter, Minn.) (GAC) def. Max Prochaska/Sillas Saldanha (MSIDE) 8-1

Gustavus 7, Luther 2 | Photo Gallery

Singles

  1. Mohanad Alhouni (Sr., Tripoli, Libya) (GAC) def. Grant Morton (LUT) 6-0, 6-2
  2. Zach Ekstein (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) (GAC) def. Anders Jensen (LUT) 6-0, 6-2
  3. Patrick Whaling (Jr., Manikob Sabot, Va.) (GAC) def. Trent Schneider (LUT) 6-0, 6-2
  4. Chase Johnson (Jr., Golden Valley, Minn.) (GAC) def. Nate Parsons (LUT) 6-4, 6-2
  5. Cole Schneider (LUT) def. Yassine Derbani (So., Casablanca, Morocco) (GAC) 4-6, 7-6, 10-8
  6. Tommy Entwistle (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) (GAC) def. Brian Murman (LUT) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles

  1. Alhouni/Whaling (GAC) def. Jensen/Parsons (LUT) 8-2
  2. Entwistle/Johnson (GAC) def. Schneider/Sakchham Karki (LUT) 8-2
  3. Murman/Schneider (LUT) def. Ekstein/Derbani (GAC) 8-5

Gustavus 9, Saint Mary’s 0

Singles

  1. Michael O’Neil (GAC) def. Brenden Amiotte (SMU) 6-0, 6-2
  2. Gabe Steinwand (GAC) def. Brett Giesen (SMU) 6-0, 6-1
  3. Mason Bultje (GAC) def. Robbie Sobczak (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
  4. Xavier Sanga (GAC) def. Bobby Tiedeman (SMU) 6-1, 6-1
  5. Lawrence Hiquiana (GAC) def. Alec Rudh (SMU) 6-0, 6-1
  6. Mouaad Alhouni (GAC) def. Alex Zuzek (SMU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

  1. Bultje/Steinwand (GAC) def. Amiotte/Tiedeman (SMU) 8-4
  2. O’Neil/Sanga (GAC) def. Sobczak/Alex Holm (SMU) 8-5
  3. Hiquiana/Alhouni (GAC) def. Giesen/Zuzek (SMU) 8-2

The Gusties next host the ITA National Division III Men’s Team Indoor Championships on Friday through Sunday, which features eight of the top 16 teams in the country.

 

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