Men’s Tennis Opens Season with Trio of Matches

Posted on January 28th, 2023 by


SAINT PETER, Minn. — The Gustavus men’s tennis team hosted UW-Stevens Point and Grinnell on Saturday, while also sending a squad to Grand Forks, N.D. to compete against DI Creighton University. The Gusties came away with wins against both Stevens Point and Grinnell, while falling to Creighton, 5-2.

Gustavus opened the day with a perfect 9-0 showing against UW-Stevens Point, and continued to dominate at home against Grinnell, posting another 9-0 victory.

“Today was a great start for our entire team,” said Head Coach Tommy Valentini. “We split our group three ways today and each squad that took the court competed very well. Against Stevens Point, we stayed the course early in the doubles and we built some momentum with Justin and Sean getting us the 3-0 lead. From there, the guys stayed focused in the singles and earned a strong team win.

“The doubles were excellent against Grinnell and set a great tone for us there, while our depth and experience were crucial in the singles. Grinnell competes very hard and they are talented. We’re grateful for a the result there, but more importantly for how we competed. Our leaders were fantastic and the young guys showed good poise in their first big dual match.”

Against Creighton, Nick Aney (Sr., Rochester) and Josh Christensen (So., Rochester) picked up singles wins for the Gusties, while the duo of Daniel Fouchier (Sr., Nootdorp, Netherlands) and Sourabh Terakanambi (Sr., Apple Valley) earned a doubles victory.

“Against Creighton we certainly had our chances. Sourabh and Daniel were fantastic at number two, and we had a good look at the doubles point in the DI format. Even though we came up just short we competed well and stayed present heading into singles. We were resilient in every singles match. Nick and Josh both executed their game plans well to pick up great wins, and everyone really made some good progress in the singles.”

Singles vs. UW-Stevens Point

1. Justin Sehlin (GACM) def. Steven Benoy (UWSPM) 6-3, 6-1
2. Sean Bochman (GACM) def. Diego Mosquera (UWSPM) 6-0, 6-1
3. Ali Derbani (GACM) def. Hayden Schreier (UWSPM) 6-1, 6-0
4. Geoffrey Youngs (GACM) def. Connor Paullin (UWSPM) 6-3, 6-0
5. Odin Fouchier (GACM) def. Samuel Zapata (UWSPM) 6-1, 6-1
6. Pedro Gomes-Menezes (GACM) def. Dan Harris (UWSPM) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles vs. UW-Stevens Point

1. Sean Bochman/Justin Sehlin (GACM) def. Steven Benoy/Diego Mosquera (UWSPM) 8-6
2. Geoffrey Youngs/Ali Derbani (GACM) def. Hayden Schreier/Connor Paullin (UWSPM) 8-4
3. Pedro Gomes-Menezes/Odin Fouchier (GACM) def. Dan Harris/Samuel Zapata (UWSPM) 8-1

Singles vs. Creighton

1. Nick Aney (GACM) def. Oscar Alvarez (CR) 5-7, 7-5, 10-4
2. Matthew Lanahan (CR) def. Indraneel Raut (GACM) 6-1, 7-6
3. Alejandro Gandini (CR) def. Marco Siviero (GACM) 6-1, 7-5
4. Shin Inoue (CR) def. Daniel Fouchier (GACM) 7-5, 6-0
5. Kirtan Patel (CR) def. Alex Budde (GACM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Josh Christensen (GACM) def. Ethan Neil (CR) 7-5, 7-6

Doubles vs. Creighton

1. Alejandro Gandini/Matthew Lanahan (CR) def. Nick Aney/Marco Siviero (GACM) 7-6
2. Daniel Fouchier/Sourabh Terakanambi (GACM) def. Oscar Alvarez/Zachary Kuo (CR) 6-3
3. Shin Inoue/Zack Maline (CR) def. Alex Budde/Gage Gohl (GACM) 6-3

Singles vs. Grinnell

1. Rafael Costa (GACM) def. Leo Esztergomi (GCM) 6-1, 6-2
2. Jack Bergmeyer (GACM) def. Wilder Cooke (GCM) 6-1, 6-2
3. Drew Elofson (GACM) def. Karch Knoll (GCM) 6-4, 4-6, 13-11
4. Oscar Wikstrom (GACM) def. Lucas Willett (GCM) 6-3, 2-6, 10-6
5. Taona Mhwandagara (GACM) def. Henry Bridgers (GCM) 6-3, 6-0
6. Luke Fridinger (GACM) def. Aiden Klass (GCM) 7-5, 5-1

Doubles vs. Grinnell

1. Tyler Haddorff/Taona Mhwandagara (GACM) def. Leo Esztergomi/Deuce Daniel (GCM) 8-2
2. Drew Elofson/Luke Haddorff (GACM) def. Sam Rudenberg/Henry Bridgers (GCM) 8-4
3. Jack Bergmeyer/Oscar Wikstrom (GACM) def. Karch Knoll/Lucas Willett (GCM) 8-3

“It was a good start for us overall. We embraced the challenge today, stuck together and got great contributions from everyone. We’re thankful to underway with our spring and excited for tomorrow’s challenge against a very tough UND team.”

The Gusties have one more match in Grand Forks, facing off against North Dakota tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.


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