UND tennis defeated in Summit League Championships

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Alex Mailes, Sports Writer

DENVER, CO –The men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the Summit League Championship this past weekend. Both squads lost in the first round, with the men falling to Denver 4-0 and the women losing a closely contested match to UMKC 4-3.  

Men 

The men got off to a rough start to the Pioneers, dropping the doubles point in under 30 minutes. Gerhald Sullwald and Cian McDonnell lost 6-1 at the first position and Johnatan Parat and Lucas Percy fell 6-1 at the 2-position giving Denver the point. The 3 doubles match remained unfinished.  

The Pioneers continued their strong performance into singles play, quickly picking up singles victory at the 1 and 6 positions. Sullwald lost in the top position to the 94 ranked James Davis 6-2 6-1 and Petro Alex lost at 6 to Denver’s Ignacio Crespo 6-1 6-1 putting UD up 3-0.  

The Hawks began to make things competitive on courts 3 and 4 with McDonnell dropping a close first set 5-7 on court 3 and Edmound Aynedjian winning the first set 6-4. It wasn’t enough, however, as Percy lost 6-4 6-2 on court 5 giving Denver the win 4-0 and ending North Dakota’s Summit League run. This was the first time in program history that the men’s tennis team had made a postseason appearance. 

Women 

The Hawks began the Summit League Tournament by capturing the doubles point. Sapir Sela and Andrea Jansson won 6-2 at the 1 spot and Allie Ochoterena and Nina Zdravkovic prevailed 6-1 at the 2 spot putting UND up 1-0. 3 doubles remained unfinished with North Dakota leading 4-3.  

The Roos responded in singles play, quickly winning at the 2 position over Ochoterenca 6-0 6-3 to even up the score 1-1. Kansas City’s Yana Grechkina defeated Sela at the 1 spot 6-2 6-4 to take the lead 2-1.  

 

Picture by Caitlin Collins

Jansson and Zdravkovic kept UND in the match-winning at the 3 and 5 positions respectively. Jansson defeated UMKC’s Riddhi Sharma 6-2 6-3 and Zdravkovic topped Grace Ball 6-4 6-4 putting North Dakota back on top 3-2 and 1 win away from the conference finals.  

UMKC tied it up after Michela Xibilia defeated UND’s Kaede Amano 5-7 6-3 6-4 to even up the match 3-3. Kansas City closed out the match at the 6 position, Ana Timoeyeva defeated Isabella Sullivan 4-6 6-4 6-3 giving Kansas City the win 4-3. 

This concluded the Hawks 2020-2021 seasonThey will retake the court next Spring for the 2021-2022 season. 

 

Alex Mailes is a Dakota Student Sports Writer. He can be reached at [email protected]