Morningside was the runner-up in the GPAC men’s tennis standings for its highest finish ever in the league standings. Photo / Gene Knudsen
Morningside’s men’s tennis team put together one of the top seasons in the history of the program during the 2015-16 campaign.
The Mustangs posted five victories in their final seven duals to finish with a record of 9-7 to tie a school record for wins in a season. Morningside also had seven dual victories with a 7-2 record in 1973 and with a 9-10 record last season. The Mustangs were the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) runner-up with a 4-1 league mark for their highest finish ever in the GPAC standings.
Brandon Stoll, a junior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ top winner in their singles lineup with a 9-9 record while playing predominately in the fourth flight. His nine victories matched the 10th highest single-season total in Morningside history.
Stoll combined with Danny Graves, a junior from Sioux City, for a 7-11 record as the Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles tandem. Their seven doubles victories matched the eighth highest single-season total by a doubles team in the Mustangs’ record book. Graves and Stoll have a 15-24 record over the past two seasons for the third highest career victory total by a doubles team in Morningside history.
Graves had a 6-4 record at No. 2 singles to raise his career record to 26-23 for the seventh highest career singles victory total in Morningside history. Graves is eighth in the Mustangs’ record book with 48 combined career singles and doubles victories.
The Mustangs’ No. 2 doubles team of Pedro Pinassi, a freshman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Bernardo Cadario, a freshman from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, also had seven victories and the Mustangs’ top doubles record with a 7-5 ledger.
Cadario had a 5-1 record when paired with Hunter Renn, a senior from Mason City, Iowa, and went 8-9 at No. 3 singles to lead the Mustangs with 20 combined singles and doubles victories to match the sixth highest single-season total in Morningside history. Cadario’s 12-6 record in doubles competition was the third highest single-season win total in the Mustangs’ record book.
Renn, the Mustangs’ only senior, combined with Akshay Krishna, a sophomore from Lima, Peru, for a 6-6 record at No. 3 doubles and posted a 7-9 record at No. 6 singles. Renn finished his career with 47 combined singles and doubles victories for the seventh highest total in Morningside history. Renn had a 29-33 record in doubles competition during his Morningside career for the fourth highest win total in school history.
Krishna had a 7-9 record as the Mustangs’ No. 5 singles player and combined with Jordan Betts, a sophomore from Sioux City, for a 4-2 record in doubles competition. Krishna and Betts have combined for an 11-10 record over the past two seasons to make them the fifth winningest doubles tandem in Morningside history.