2018 ITA Midwest Regional Championships

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2018 | Gustavus Adolphus College

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Jake Trondson of Hamline won the singles title. 

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Chase Johnson and Patrick Whaling of Gustavus won the doubles title.

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept.30) – The ITA Midwest Regional Championship completed all but the singles final on Sunday, with an all Gustavus doubles final highlighting the day. Chase Johnson and Patrick Whaling came out on top in the championship doubles match over fellow teammates Yassine Derbani and Nick Aney by a score of 7-6, 6-2. With the victory, Johnson and Whaling solidified themselves as All-Americans.

On the doubles bracket, coach Tommy Valentini said, “Yassine and Nick were tremendous as a first time pairing – and they played an outstanding match to take out the top seed in the semis. Patrick and Chase were fantastic in bouncing back from tough singles losses. They chose to be positive and played some excellent doubles. It’s a huge honor for Patrick to become a three-time doubles All-American, and Chase is extremely deserving to join the Gustie All-Americans. They played an extremely high-level final against Yassnie and Nick.”

Johnson and Whaling got to the championship in very clean fashion with some stellar play. In their first match, they defeated Zach Wood and Robert Rider of UW-Whitewater by a score of 8-3. In the round of 16 they played Zach Lane and Ishaan Tibrewal of Grinell and came out victorious 8-4. They beat Sahil Chhugani and William Walsh of Carleton 8-1 in the round of eight before defeating Xander Zuczek and Aaron Goodman of Carleton 8-2 to advance to the finals.

“It was a thrilling day for our guys. First, hats off to Vithoontien of Carleton and Trondson of Hamline today. They both played excellent singles semis against Patrick and Chase, and will have a great singles final tomorrow,” said Valentini. “Overall, the weekend was very successful for our program. To have 5 of 8 singles quarterfinalists, and 2 of 4 doubles semifinalists in the ITA Regionals, as well as to have all of the finalists in both the main draw and Midwest Open is a great accomplishment. All of the guys competed very well and represented our program beautifully. Most of all, I’m grateful for how well our guys handled the challenge of playing against their teammates, and how beautifully they took care of one-another and gave their best with great sportsmanship. We look forward to preparing Chase and Patrick for the DIII ITA National Championships, and to building on the progress we made as a team over the regional weekend.”

Johnson and Whaling will next compete the ITA Oracle Cup, which will be held Oct. 11-14 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Ga. The ITA Cup features eight regional champions competing for the national title.

Leo Vithoontien of Carleton and Jake Trondson of Hamline will play Monday at 10 a.m. for the singles title. 

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SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept. 29) – The Gustavus men’s tennis team once again saw an abundance of success in the ITA Championships on Saturday. The Gusties have five of the eight members of the quarterfinals in the singles draw, as well as two sets of Gusties in the doubles draw.

In the singles draw, the five Gusties that advanced, along with their score in the round of 16 are as follows: Yassine Derbani (6-2, 6-1), Chase Johnson (6-0, 6-1), Michael O’Neil (7-5, 7-5), Indraneel Raut (6-2, 6-4), and Patrick Whaling (6-1, 6-1).

In doubles action the tandems that advanced were Yassine Derbani/Nick Aney and Patrick Whaling/Chase Johnson. Derbani and Aney won their quarterfinal match by a score of 8-6 while Whaling and Johnson won 8-1.

After the day, Coach Tommy Valentini said, “The guys were fantastic today. In every event, our guys handled adversity well and stayed committed to our game plan and took advantage of the opportunity to compete. Our leaders were outstanding, everyone supported each other, and it was a pleasure to watch our new guys compete with our values. We were fortunate to have some great results today, and we look forward to another exciting day tomorrow in singles and doubles in both tournaments tomorrow.”

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept. 28) – The Gustavus men’s tennis team competed in the first day of the ITA Midwest Regional today and saw many different players advance into the second and third rounds. The Gusties saw eight singles advance to the round of 32, while they have four sets of doubles in the round of 16.

In the singles bracket Gustavus saw a ton of success by advancing eight different Gusties. Those players include: Suyash Gupta, Yassine Derbani, Chase Johnson, Michael O’Neil, Nick Aney, Indraneel Raut, Joseph Punnoose, and Patrick Whaling. In the doubles portion of the ITA’S the Gusties sent four tandems to the round of sixteen. The four pairs are: Michael O’Neil/Xavier Sanga, Yassine Derbani/Nick Aney, Indraneel Raut/Joseph Punnoose, and Patrick Whaling/Chase Johnson.

Gustavus also hosted the Midwest Championships this weekend as well and saw many members of the Gusties notch wins on the day.

On today’s results, head coach Tommy Valentini said, “The guys competed very well today. We had some fun results in both draws, but most of all I was proud of how the guys handled tough conditions, stayed positive, and supported each other. We made some important strides today and are excited for tomorrow’s challenges.”

SAINT PETER, Minn. (Sept. 27) - Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the 2018 ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Saint Peter, Minn. this weekend. The tournament runs from Friday, September 28 through Monday, October 1 and will feature 28 of the top teams in the region at seven sites throughout Saint Peter and Mankato.

The Swanson Indoor Tennis Center, located on the west edge of the Gustavus campus, will serve as headquarters for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, with matches also taking place at the adjacent Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex.

The singles and doubles champions from the ITA Regional Championships will advance to the ITA National Small College Championships. The ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA, and junior/community colleges. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete at one of the 84 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country.

The ITA National Small College Championships began in 1986 and annually crowns men’s and women’s singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA’s four small college divisions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College). The ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall “Super Bowl” champions. The “Super Bowl” champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men’s and women’s tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.To learn more about the ITA, click here

Teams competing this weekend at Gustavus include:

Bethany Lutheran, Bethel, Carleton, Carroll, Carthage, Central, Coe, Concordia-Moorhead, Concordia-Wisconsin, Cornell, Edgewood, Grinnell, Gustavus, Hamline, Loras, Luther, Macalester, Northwestern-St. Paul, Saint John's, Saint Mary's, St. Olaf, St. Scholastica, St. Thomas, Wartburg, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater, and Wisconsin Lutheran.