Men’s Tennis Begins MIAC Playoffs Thursday

Posted on May 2nd, 2019 by

SAINT PETER, Minn. – The No. 16 Gustavus men’s tennis team starts its postseason run Thursday at home against Bethel. The MIAC semifinal match at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex begins at 3:30 p.m.


The Gusties (17-7 overall) top singles lineup includes Patrick Whaling (Sr., Manakin Sabot, Va.) at No. 1, where he holds an 11-7 record. Chase Johnson (Sr., Golden Valley, Minn.) is No. 2 with a 14-3 mark. Yassine Derbani (Jr., Casablanca, Morocco) plays at No. 3 with a 11-2 record. Michael O’Neil (Jr., Edina, Minn.) handles the No. 4 spot with a 6-7 record. Nick Aney (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) is at No. 5 with a 9-4 record, and Indraneel Raut (Fy., Oshkosh, Wis.) rounds out the lineup at No. 6 with a 6-5 record. The Gusties are a combined 52-2 in singles matches against conference opponents this season.

Bethel (12-9 overall) advanced to the MIAC semifinals with a 5-3 win over Macalester on Tuesday. The Gusties and Royals last faced each other Feb. 16 at the Swanson Tennis Center in a 9-0 decision. Here are the results from that match:


  1. Patrick Whaling (GACM) def. Hunter Fernelius (BU) 6-0, 6-2
  2. Chase Johnson (GACM) def. Erik Beckers (BU) 6-2, 6-3
  3. Yassine Derbani (GACM) def. Zach Kantor (BU) 6-1, 6-0
  4. Michael O’Neil (GACM) def. Nick Knudsen (BU) 6-2, 6-1
  5. Xavier Sanga (GACM) def. Jason Reilly (BU) 6-2, 6-2
  6. Joseph Punnoose (GACM) def. Joey Mueller (BU) 6-1, 6-3


  1. Patrick Whaling/Chase Johnson (GACM) def. Hunter Fernelius/Erik Beckers (BU) 8-0
  2. Yassine Derbani/Nick Aney (GACM) def. Zach Kantor/Nick Knudsen (BU) 8-4
  3. Michael O’Neil/Indraneel Raut (GACM) def. Joey Mueller/Jason Reilly (BU) 8-6

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