The Gustavus men's tennis team ran into some extremely tough competition last weekend when it hosted the ITA Indoors Championships, but sophomore Andres Saenz (Cancun, Mexico) rose to the occasion. Saenz compiled a 2-1 record over the Gusties' three matches at both No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles, and was the only Gustavus player to record two singles and two doubles wins at the ITAs. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Saenz Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Though the Gusties dropped all three of their matches in extremely close fashion - 6-3 to Trinity Friday and a pair of 5-4 losses to Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon Saturday - Saenz starred on the big stage. He won both his matches - a 4-6, 7-5, 6-0, No. 4 singles win and an 8-3 No. 1 doubles win - against Carnegie Mellon, and added a No. 4 singles win (6-3, 7-5) against Trinity and an 8-4 No. 1 doubles win against Case Western Reserve. This season, Saenz is 12-4 in doubles play and 9-4 in singles matches.
Gustavus - which has yet to open conference play and has faced a very difficult schedule thus far - is now 3-5 overall after the ITA Championships. The Gusties will now open conference play, where they'll begin their quest for a 27th-straight MIAC title. Bethel is Gustavus' first MIAC opponent, as the team will welcome the Royals to St. Peter, Minn., Saturday for a 10:30 a.m. match.
Andres Saenz, Gustavus