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Donkena, Smith-Dennis Advance In NCAA Doubles Championships, Fall In Singles

Gustavus men’s tennis players Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis both lost their singles match-ups in the first round of the NCAA Championships on Thursday morning in Cary, N.C., but bounced back as teammates with a close victory in the doubles draw. The top-seeded duo advances to the second round, which starts at 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday.


Seven Men’s Tennis Players Earn 2012 All-MIAC Honors, Valentini Named Coach Of The Year

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its 2012 Men’s Tennis Awards on Tuesday and three Gustavus players garnered All-Conference in both singles and doubles. Junior Amrik Donkena (Rochester, Minn.) and sophomores Juan Luis Chu (Lima, Peru) and Mya Smith-Dennis (Savage, Minn.) were selected by a vote of the league’s coaches as representatives on the 2012 All-MIAC singles and doubles teams.

2012 MIAC Men's Tennis Playoff Champion Golden Gusties 

Men’s Tennis Claims MIAC Playoff Title

The Gustavus men's tennis team earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship by winning the 2012 MIAC Playoff Title with impressive wins over St. Thomas, 5-1 in the semifinals, and Carleton, 5-0 in the championship match on Saturday night in St. Peter, Minn. The Gusties defended last year’s playoff title, improving to 20-7, and achieved their fifth MIAC postseason championship since the tournament began in 2007.

Photo courtesy of Sport PiX.  Banner art by Dan Coquyt - Gustavus Sports Information. 

Mya Smith-Dennis Named April Male Student-Athlete Of The Month

After claiming its unparalleled 24th consecutive MIAC regular season title last Saturday, the Gustavus men’s tennis team is prepared to make another run through the conference playoffs this weekend with hopes of reaching the NCAA Championships. The 20th-ranked Gusties have benefitted from strong play throughout their lineup and that is undoubtedly true at the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles positions. Sophomore Mya Smith-Dennis had an outstanding final month of the regular season and for his efforts, the Office of Sports Information has named Smith-Dennis Male Student-Athlete of the Month for April, presented by Thrivent Financial.

Mya Smith-Dennis returns a volley at No. 1 singles. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hunt (J-Buddy Photography) 

Men’s Tennis Ends Regular Season With 8-1 Victory Over Luther

The Gustavus men’s tennis team concluded its 2012 regular season campaign with an 8-1 victory over Luther College Sunday at the Brown Outdoor Courts in St. Peter, Minn. The 20th-ranked Gusties end the regular season with a 19-7 overall record, while the Norse fall to 21-6.

The No. 1 doubles team of Mya Smith-Dennis (left) and Amrik Donkena have won 16 of their last 17 matches together. 

Men’s Tennis Caps Weekend With Another Shutout, 9-0 Over St. Thomas

The Gustavus men’s tennis team completed a weekend sweep of its two MIAC opponents after defeating the University of St. Thomas 9-0 Sunday morning in St. Peter, Minn. The Gusties shut out Carleton on Saturday as well. The win over the Tommies improves the Three Crowns to 17-7 overall as they maintain their undefeated mark in the MIAC at 8-0. St. Thomas falls to 10-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

The Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif. Photo courtesy of CMS Athletics. 

Men’s Tennis Suffers 8-1 Loss To No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Claremont, Calif. – The Gustavus men’s tennis team concluded its training trip to California with an 8-1 loss to No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday afternoon at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.  CMS improves to 12-6 overall with the win, while Gustavus returns to Minnesota at 15-5 overall. Gustavus’ lone win of the match came at […]

The Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts on the campus of Whittier College. Photo courtesy of Whittier Athletics. 

Men’s Tennis Edges No. 20 Whittier College 5-4

The No. 24 Gustavus men’s tennis team kicked off its training trip to California with a 5-4 victory over No. 20 Whittier College on Tuesday afternoon in Whittier, California.  Despite dropping two points in the doubles competition, the Gusties battled back with four wins in singles to earn their ninth-straight victory.  Gustavus improves to 14-4 […]

Amrik Donkena - MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week 

Amrik Donkena Named MIAC Men’s Tennis Athlete Of The Week

The Gustavus men’s tennis team performed at a dominant level last Saturday with clean sweeps over Elmhurst, 9-0, and Grinnell, 9-0, at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minn. At the forefront of that dominance was junior Amrik Donkena (Rochester, Minn.), winning at the No. 1 singles and doubles spots against each team. For his outstanding play, Donkena has been named MIAC Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week.

Patrick Clark eyes up his shot against the Sagehens. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hunt (North Oaks, Minn.) of J-Buddy Photography 

Men’s Tennis Drops ITA Consolation Semifinal Match 6-3 To Pomona-Pitzer

The Gustavus men’s tennis team fell to another nationally ranked squad Saturday in St. Peter, Minn., this time to eighth-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 6-3 in an ITA National Indoor Consolation Semifinal match. The Gusties fall to 5-4 on the season, while the Sagehens improve to 1-2.