Mustang netters have record breaking season
Morningside posted a 14-9 record during the 2016-17 men’s tennis season for its most victories in school history.
The Mustangs’ 14 triumphs shattered their previous record of nine wins in a season set in the 2011-12, 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns. Morningside finished third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 3-2 league mark and reached the championship match of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament, where it lost 5-1 against GPAC regular season champion Hastings College.
Aside from their record 14 dual meet wins, the Mustangs also broke all of their individual single-season victory marks.
Jesus Sanz, a freshman from Burgos, Spain, compiled a 15-7 singles record to edge Jordan Betts, a junior from Sioux City who had a 15-8 ledger, for the top singles record on the team. Both players broke the former Morningside record of 13 singles victories in a season first set by Austin Grundy in 2010-11 and matched by Grundy in 2013-14, by Danny Graves in 2013-14 and by Alex Struck in 2014-15.
Graves, a senior from Sioux City, and Nick Mentgen, a freshman from Mertert, Luxembourg, also topped the Mustangs’ former record of 13 wins in a season. Graves posted a 14-9 record at No. 1 singles, while Mentgen went 14-10 at No. 2 singles.
Graves finished his career with a singles record of 40-32 for the second highest singles victory total in Morningside history, while Betts raised his record to 30-15 to move into fifth place on the Mustangs’ all-time singles victory list.
Graves finished his career with 69 combined victories in singles and doubles play for the second highest win total in Morningside history.
Betts and Akshay Krishna, a junior from Lima, Peru, were the Mustangs’ top doubles tandem with a 16-10 record to break the former Morningside record of 11 doubles triumphs in a season set by Larry Mason and Russ McComsey, who combined for an 11-2 record in 1973.
Betts and Krishna have combined for a 27-20 record when paired as doubles partners over the past three seasons to make them the winningest doubles team in Morningside history. They broke the former record of 23 career doubles wins by Nabil Sorathia and Joel Patrick, who combined for a 23-10 record from 2005-08.
Krishna has an overall career record of 38-31 in doubles competition for the most doubles victories in the Mustangs’ record book. He broke the former record of 36 career doubles wins set by Reid Rosen, who had a 36-33 doubles record from 2010-13.
With a 15-8 record in singles competition and a 16-10 mark in doubles play, Betts finished the campaign with a school-record 31 combined victories to break the former Morningside single-season standard of 27 wins set by Struck in 2014-15.
Krishna and Betts completed their junior season ranked fourth and seventh on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list with 62 and 60 career combined victories, respectively, to move within striking distance of the Morningside record of 80 career triumphs set by Grundy from 2010-14.