GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota men's tennis team defeated the Gustavus Adolphus in their home opener on Saturday afternoon at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks.
The Fighting Hawks started out on top by sweeping the Golden Gusties in doubles to earn the first point on the day.
In singles play, the competition was tighter than the score projected. UND took the second point on the day when Davide Callegari defeated Michael O'Neil 6-0, 6-3 in No. 4 singles play. While Jake Kuhlman helped the Fighting Hawks clinch the third point by topping Nicholas Aney 6-3, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.
All the Fighting Hawks needed was one more win to clinch the fourth point and, ultimately the team win, but the Golden Gusties were not going down without a fight. Gustavus earned their first point when Yassine Derbani defeated Johnnie Carmichael-Plester in No. 3 singles 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-1.
UND then fought back to clinch the team win when Pavle Drobnjakovic topped Indraneel Raut 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in No. 6 singles play. Although the team win was no longer attainable, the Golden Gusties powered through to gain a second point when Chase Johnson beat Lukas Buth 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) in No. 2 singles.
To finish off the dual with a 5-2 team win, UND's Nejc Sitar topped Patrick Whaling 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5 in the No. 1 singles spot.
North Dakota 5, Gustavus Adolphus 2