DEFIANCE, Ohio – Back on the tennis courts for the first time since October, the Goshen College men's tennis team took the team title at the Defiance College Spring Invitational Saturday.
Competing against Alma College, Bluffton University, and host Defiance, the Maple Leafs tallied 31 points to win by four over Alma (27). The flighted tournament awarded four points for the winner at each position, three to the runner-up, two for third place, and one for fourth.
"It was a chilly day with temperatures in the mid-30's, but our guys played well and were able to come away with the winner's trophy," head coach Stan King explained. "It became apparent early that if we were to win the tournament, we would need to defeat Alma as often as we could when matched against them."
Goshen was able to do just that in the top two singles spots. Freshmen Balazs Pirot and Jon Kaasa dropped a total of just 16 games in four straight-set match victories, beating opponents from Alma and Defiance.
The duo also teamed up for 8-0 and 8-4 wins in the top doubles position. At the No. 2 doubles position, Vasanth Palanisamy and Krishnan Ganesan also swept their competition, winning by 9-7 and 8-3 counts. In their opening match, the tandem had to come from 7-4 (30-0) down to win five-straight games and the match.
Palanisamy and Seth Krabill also went undefeated in singles action at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively. In the No. 3 singles final, Palanisamy won 6-2, 6-4, while Krabill had a strong three-set win (6-4, 4-6, 10-6) in the No. 6 singles final.
The next scheduled match for the Maple Leafs is April 9 when they travel to Crossroads League foe Bethel College.
1. Goshen - 31 points
2. Alma - 27 points
3. Defiance - 21 points
4. Bluffton - 11 points
#1 Pirot/Kaasa won both matches, first over A.J Haley/Brock Goetz (B) 8-0, followed by Logan Beard/Trent Pontious (A) 8-4
#2 Palanisamy/Ganesan won both matches, first over Gordon Rumschlag/Jarred Guy (A) 9-7, followed by Ryan Nelson/Cord Speelman (D) 8-3
#3 Amaral/Armando Nunez lost to Grove/Chad Barnhart (A) 8-1 before winning over Defiance by default
#1 Balazs Pirot won both matches, first over Josh Grove (A) 6-1, 6-4, followed by A.J. Haley (D) 6-2, 6-2
#2Jon Kaasa won both matches, first over Logan Beard (A) 6-3, 6-3, followed by Cord Speelman (D) 6-1, 6-0
#3 Vasanth Palanisamy won both matches, first over Craig Bills (D) 6-1, 6-0, followed by Trent Pontious (A) 6-2, 6-4
#4 Krishnan Ganesan lost to Jarred Guy (A) 6-3, 6-3, then defeated John Oyer (B) 6-1, 6-1
#5 Thiago Amaral def Bryce Hodge (B) 6-1, 6-1, then lost to Gordon Rumschlag (A) 7-5, 3-6, 14-12
#6 Seth Krabill won both matches, first over Scott (B) 6-0, 6-0, then over Phil Ryskamp (A) 6-4, 4-6, 10-6