VALPARAISO, Ind. – A total of six teams, including three NCAA DI programs, competed alongside the Goshen College men's tennis team at the Valpo Fall Tennis Invitational over the weekend.
Host Valparaiso University (VU) joined Western Illinois University (WIU), Chicago State University (CSU), Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and Roosevelt University (RU) in the two-day event. A total of three singles brackets (16 entires each) and three doubles brackets (eight entires each) played a full compass draw with every spot being played out so each entry totaled four singles and three doubles matches.
"This was a well-organized tournament that gave our guys some good competition and lots of it," head coach Stan King said. "And the guys were able to watch some good matches while waiting for their next opponent. The primary negative for Goshen was injury - Csaba Laszlo and Balazs Pirot were last-minute cancellations from the tourney due to illness and due to a wrist injury, Vasanthkumar Palanisamy played with some pain before withdrawing."
Highlights, though, included the play of freshman Jon Kaasa and junior Krishnan Ganesan. Kaasa dropped his opening match of the tournament 6-4, 6-2 to Valparaiso's No. 1 Eric Hornet, but finished 2-2 in the top singles bracket. Ganesan had a similar fate, running off a 2-2 mark, including a comeback win in his third match.
"Jon played some fantastic point before losing to the eventual tournament champion (Hornet)," King added. "Krishnan had a very nice comeback win over ONU's Addison Newell 3-6, 6-2, 10-3 before taking a three-setter from RU's Matt Kuntzi."
The Maple Leafs now hope that everyone gets healthy in just a couple short days. The Crossroads League Tournament begins on Tuesday. As the No. 6 seed, Goshen (5-6, 3-5 CL) will travel to third-seeded Marian University.
A Singles bracket:
Jon Kaasa lost to Eric Holt (VU) 6-4, 6-2; def Dalton Rothe (RU) 6-0, 6-1); def Ben Yue (ONU) 6-0, 2-6, 10-3; lost to Bradley Holt (WIU) 6-0, 6-2.
Csaba Laszlo and Balazs Pirot did not play due to sickness (flue).
B Singles bracket:
Krishnan Ganesan lost to Peter Jensen (ONU) 6-3, 6-3; lost to Julian Chavez (CSU), def Addison Newell (ONU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-5; def Matt Kuntzi (RU) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Vasanth Palanisamy lost to Rashley Yeremia (CSU) 6-2, 6-4; def Brett Hoffman (RU) 6-0, 6-1; and then withdrew due to wrist injury.
Adam Weaver lost to Egan Hart (VU) 6-2, 6-4; lost to Josue Sanchez (ONU); def Brett Hoffman (RU) 6-1, 6-2; def Dalton Rothe (RU) 6-2, 6-3.
C Singles bracket:
Ryan Wengerd lost to Jordan Lingle (ONU) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8; def Dan White (RU) 6-0, 6-0; def Joe Badagliacco (ONU) 6-0, 6-0; lost to Luis Ulloa (CSU) 6-4, 6-4.
Daniel Buschert lost to Brian Hickey (VU) 6-2, 6-1; def Rory Stewart (RU) 6-0, 6-0; lost to Luis Ulloa (CSU) 6-3, 6-1; def Joe Badagliacco (RU) 6-3, 6-3.
A Doubles bracket:
Csaba Laszlo/ Balazs Pirot did not play.
B Doubles bracket:
Jon Kaasa/ Adam Weaver lost to Sergiu Muresan/Luis Ulloa (CSU) 8-3; def Dalton Rothe/Brett Hoffman (RU) 8-1; lost to Tim Worley/Max Cederkall (WIU) 8-3
Krishnan Ganesan/ Vasanth Palanisamy lost to Michael Baiocchi/Danny Oaks (VU) 8-3; lost to Tim Worley/Max Cederkall (WIU) 9-8(5); walkover to Dalton Rothe/Brett Hoffman (RU) because of Vasanth's wrist injury.
C Doubles bracket:
Ryan Wengerd/ Daniel Buschert lost to Chris Bunch/Andrew Yopp (WIU) 9-7; def Jordan Lingle/Mat Bowden (ONU) 8-2; def Seth Perry/Joe Badagliacco (ONU) 8-5.