Men's tennis drops regular season finale at Gustavus
April 28, 2012
ST. PETER, Minn.- Coming off a thrilling win over Saint John's on Friday night, the St. Olaf men's tennis team lost their regular season finale 9-0 to Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday morning at Swanson Tennis Center in a battle of regionally ranked teams.
The Gusties are ranked fourth regionally and 20th nationally and had their way in doubles play, sweeping the three matches. Knute Gundersen and Andy Catania lost close singles matches and Gustavus won the other four singles matches in straight sets. St. Olaf, ranked 11th regionally, was again playing without John Wight.
The Ole singles line-up was the same as against Saint John's, with the exception of first-year Matt Christensen who got his third match of the year. Christensen, Stephen Nolan, Jon Foss, and Charlie Reinertsen each lost in straight sets to their Gustie opponents. At first singles, Gundersen came up against Amrik Donkena, who is nationally ranked in singles. After a huge come-back win over Fabricio Moncada of Saint John's, Gundersen put in another standout performance but lost two close sets. The first set went to a tie-break, which Donkena won 7-5 and he went on to take the second 6-4. The lone set the Oles won in singles was the second set of Andy Catania's match against Juan Luis Chu at third singles. Catania took the second set 6-2 after losing the first 6-3, but was unable to keep the momentum going in the super-breaker as Chu won it 10-5.
Earlier, the Gusties controlled all three of the doubles matches, losing no more than four games in any of them. Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis, the seventh-ranked doubles team nationally, beat Gundersen and Nolan 8-3. Chu and Daniel Pomeranc topped Foss and Reinertsen, who played together for the second time this year, 8-4. In their first match together, Catania and Ryan Abdella fell 8-0 to Joey MacGibbon and Bradley Entwistle.
The Oles conclude the MIAC regular season with 35 singles wins in 54 matches. Reinertsen leads the team with 7 conference wins, while Catania, Foss, Gundersen, and Nolan each have 6. In doubles, St. Olaf was 14-13 in the conference. Catania and Wight were 4-3 at first doubles and Gundersen and Nolan went 4-4 overall between first and second doubles.
With the win, Gustavus claimed the MIAC regular season men's tennis title, finshing a perfect 9-0 in the conference. The Gusties are 18-7 overall. St. Olaf concludes the regular season with a 14-3 mark, including a 7-2 record in the MIAC. The Oles are the third seed for the MIAC Playoffs and will face either Saint John's or Macalester. The Johnnies and Scots are playing this afternoon. If Macalester wins, St. Olaf will face the Saint John's on Friday in St. Peter. If Saint John's wins, St. Olaf will play Macalester.