Split Squads Get the Job Done for Men’s Tennis

Posted on March 26th, 2023 by

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. / MILWAUKEE, Wis. / SAINT PETER, Minn. — The Gustavus men’s tennis team was the definition of depth on Sunday, splitting the team into three separate groups across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, finishing the day going 3-0 in all of the matches. One team of Gusties defeated Augustana 4-3 in South Dakota, while another gained an identical 4-3 victory over Cardinal Stritch in Wisconsin. Back home in Saint Peter, the Gusties hosted Saint John’s for a MIAC matchup and sent the Johnnies home with a 9-0 loss.

“Today was really a special day from our entire team,” said Head Coach Tommy Valentini. “To win three matches in three different locations against the quality of opponents we faced today took a tremendous effort. We relied on our depth, played very good doubles, and showed a ton of poise in the big moments.

“Our leaders were great in welcoming this challenge and everyone contributed to how well we competed. We’re very thankful for all three results, and we’ll use this performance to learn and grow moving forward into our spring trip.”

Gustavus 4, Augustana 3

The Gusties took down the Vikings in South Dakota, claiming the doubles decision with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 spot, and winning three of six singles competitions.

Singles Results

1. Henry Dornbusch (AUGUS) def. Drew Elofson (GACM) 7-6, 6-2
2. Meg Siritaworachan (AUGUS) def. Taona Mhwandagara (GACM) 6-3, 6-4
3. Tyler Haddorff (GACM) def. Tyson Cowger (AUGUS) 6-2, 6-4
4. Luke Haddorff (GACM) def. Joseph Plachy (AUGUS) 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
5. Clayton Poppenga (AUGUS) def. Sean Bochman (GACM) 6-1, 7-6
6. Federico Fiorda (GACM) def. Christian Cortinas (AUGUS) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles Results

1. Taona Mhwandagara/Tyler Haddorff (GACM) def. Henry Dornbusch/Cade Damgaard (AUGUS) 6-4
2. Meg Siritaworachan/Tyson Cowger (AUGUS) def. Drew Elofson/Luke Haddorff (GACM) 7-6
3. Sean Bochman/Federico Fiorda (GACM) def. Joseph Plachy/Clayton Poppenga (AUGUS) 6-3

Gustavus 4, Cardinal Stritch 3

Against the Wolves, the Gusties came up big in the doubles, winning the crucial point that would help them edge Cardinal Stritch for the victory. The Wolves and the Gusties would split the singles competitions, making the doubles win all the more important.

Singles Results

1. Reuben Giorgio (CARDST) def. Nick Aney (GACM) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2. Daniel Vishnick (CARDST) def. Marco Siviero (GACM) 6-2, 6-2
3. Daniel Fouchier (GACM) def. Danail Banov (CARDST) 6-3, 7-5
4. Josh Christensen (GACM) def. Jasper Schaadt (CARDST) 6-2, 6-2
5. Alex Budde (GACM) def. Andres Aldana (CARDST) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
6. Adrian Gomez (CARDST) def. Rafael Costa (GACM) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

Doubles Results

1. Nick Aney/Daniel Fouchier (GACM) def. Jasper Schaadt/Daniel Vishnick (CARDST) 6-3
2. Alex Budde/Gage Gohl (GACM) def. Danail Banov/Andres Aldana (CARDST) 6-3
3. Adrian Gomez/Daniel Ezcurra (CARDST) def. Sourabh Terakanambi/Marco Siviero (GACM) 6-0

Gustavus 9, Saint John’s 0 | PHOTO GALLERY

The Gusties gained a 3-0 advantage in the doubles, including a nailbiter in the 3-spot, as Luke Fridinger (Fy., Woodbury) and Ali Derbani (Casablanca, Morocco) clinched an 8-7 victory as the final doubles pair. The Gusties carried their success to the singles to win the MIAC competition 9-0.

Singles Results

1. Jack Bergmeyer (GACM) def. Wil McDowell (SJU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Oscar Wikstrom (GACM) def. Peyton Fischer (SJU) 6-4, 7-6
3. Luke Fridinger (GACM) def. Ryan Will (SJU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Justin Sehlin (GACM) def. Hunter Fischer (SJU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Ali Derbani (GACM) def. Daniel Perez (SJU) 6-4, 7-5
6. Geoffrey Youngs (GACM) def. Mark Rosen (SJU) 7-6, 6-1

Doubles Results

1. Jack Bergmeyer/Oscar Wikstrom (GACM) def. Wil McDowell/Ian Aadland (SJU) 8-3
2. Justin Sehlin/Geoffrey Youngs (GACM) def. Peyton Fischer/Ryan Will (SJU) 8-4
3. Luke Fridinger/Ali Derbani (GACM) def. Hunter Fischer/Will Fischer (SJU) 8-7

The Gusties are off until April 3, when they head back out to California, facing Westcliff first at noon.


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