Morningside upset Doane in the semifinals to advance to the championship match of the GPAC Men’s Tennis Tournament.

Jordan Betts

Akshay Krishna

Morningside upset Doane 5-1 in Friday’s semifinals of the GPAC Men’s Tennis Tournament in Fremont, Neb., to advance to Saturday’s 10 a.m. title match against Hastings.

The Mustangs, who dropped a 6-3 verdict against Doane during the regular season, will take a 14-8 record into Saturday’s final, where they hope to reverse an 8-1 loss against the Broncos during the regular season. The Mustangs’ 14 victories this season are their most triumphs in school history.

The Mustangs, riding a four-match winning streak, opened the GPAC Tournament with a 9-0 shutout of Mount Marty in Friday’s quarterfinals. All six of the Mustangs’ singles victories came in straight sets, including a 6-1, 6-0 triumph by Samuel Castro in the fourth flight for the Mustangs’ most lopsided victory margin. Jesus Sanz lost only two games in a 6-2, 6-0 triumph in the fifth flight and Jordan Betts dropped only three games in a 6-2, 6-1 win in the third flight.

Nick Mentgen and Sanz combined for an 8-0 win in the second flight for the Mustangs’ largest victory margin in the doubles competition.

The Mustangs led 2-1 after the doubles competition against Doane and then swept the top three singles flights to clinch the victory.

Danny Graves gave the Mustangs a victory at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Kris Kiland. The Mustangs’ other singles winners were Mentgen with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph against Aaron Cook in the second flight and Bernardo Cadario with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Grayson McCartney in the third flight.

The Mustangs’ doubles points came from Graves and Castro with a 9-8 (7-5) victory in the first flight and Betts and Krishna with an 8-6 win in the third flight. Betts and Krishna raised their season’s record to 16-9.

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