No. 18 Gustavus too strong for men's tennis
April 27, 2013
ST. PETER, Minn.- In their second successive match against top-two MIAC opposition, the St. Olaf men's tennis team was blanked 9-0 by No. 18 Gustavus on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Outdoor Courts.
Fielding a near full-strength line-up, Gustavus (20-9, 9-0 MIAC) got doubles and singles wins from Mya Smith-Dennis, Grant Leisner, Joey MacGibbon, Brad Entwistle, and Motasem Al-Houni. With the win, the Gusties secured their 25th MIAC Championship in a row. St. Olaf falls to 5-6, including a 4-4 mark in the conference.
The best chance at a point for the Oles came in the third doubles match. Charlie Reinertsen and Ben Carlson raced out to a 6-2 lead against Al-Houni and Entwistle but the Gustie duo came back to win the final six games. Andy Catania and Stephen Nolan took two games off Grant Leisner and Tyler Johnson at first doubles.
After the doubles sweep, Gustavus continued to hold the upper hand by taking each of the six singles matches in straight sets. Kronzer had the closest match of the day against MacGibbon at third singles but fell 6-3, 6-3. Elsewhere, Nolan, Catania, and Mike Schroeder were able to take a few games off their Gustie opponents.
Despite the loss, the Oles remain in position to claim a berth in the upcoming six-team MIAC Playoffs. St. Olaf is fourth in the conference at the moment and can book their postseason berth with a win over Macalester (7-7, 2-4 MIAC) on Tuesday. The match with the seventh-place Scots starts at 5 p.m. in St. Paul.