Alex Struck broke two school records and tied another Mustang record during the 2014-15 men’s tennis season.
Alex Struck, a senior from Cherokee, Iowa, was the top winner for the Morningside College men’s tennis team during the 2014-15 season.
Struck led the Mustangs in both singles victories and doubles victories to set a school record with 27 combined wins to break the former Morningside standard of 22 combined triumphs by Gustav Hollnagel during the 2011-12 campaign.
Struck compiled a 13-6 record in singles competition to tie the Morningside record for singles wins in a season previously set by Austin Grundy in 2010-11 and by Danny Graves last season. Struck added a school-record 14 victories in doubles play to break the previous Morningside record of 12 doubles wins by Grundy in 2012-13. Most of Struck’s doubles wins came when he was paired with Jordan Nelson, a freshman from Red Oak, Iowa. The duo combined for a 10-6 record to finish one triumph shy of the Morningside single-season record of 11 victories by the doubles team of Larry Mason and Russ McComsey in 1973.
Struck had 32 doubles wins and 62 combined singles and doubles victories during his career for the third highest totals in Morningside history. He is fourth in the Mustangs’ record book with 30 career singles triumphs.
Nelson had a 13-9 record in doubles competition this season for the second highest doubles win total in Morningside history.
Akshay Krishna, a freshman from Lima, Peru, had a 10-10 singles record and went 12-12 in doubles play to finish the season with 22 combined victories for the second highest total in Morningside history.
Jordan Betts, a freshman from Sioux City, had one of the Mustangs’ top singles records with a mark of 10-6 and finished with 20 combined singles and doubles wins.
Morningside finished the season with a 9-10 record to tie the college’s 2011-12 team for the most wins in school history. The Mustangs had a 9-7 record during the 2011-12 campaign. Morningside finished third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 3-2 league mark.