The dual against the Gusties started off slow as the two teams squared off in fierce doubles competition. UND and Gustavus split the No. 3 and No. 2 doubles matches, respectively. The No. 1 doubles match then needed a tiebreaker to decide the winner of the doubles point. Fortunately, North Dakota’s Travis Lau and Dustin Britton won the tiebreaker 7-5 to start UND off on the right foot.
Singles competition was less deadlocked, as the Fighting Hawks easily posted wins in five of the six matches.
Alex Mailes was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 4 singles position, marking his third singles wins of the season.
Lau finished off his No. 2 singles match in 6-3, 6-4 fashion for his fifth win of the year. His double’s partner, Britton, then claimed his second-straight victory at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 7-5.
Playing in just his fourth singles match of the season, sophomore Matt Hokanson picked up his second win with a 6-3, 6-4 decision in the No. 6 singles match.
Ty Misialek need a tiebreaker in his second set, but he came out victorious with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) win at No. 3 singles.
The No. 4 singles match was the longest of the day, as Simon Danyluk battled out to a third-set tie breaker after winning the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second set 7-6 (8-6). Fortunately, Danyluk kept focus and wont the third set, 10-4.
North Dakota closes out its four-week homestand next weekend with duals against Montana State on Saturday, March 25, and South Dakota State on Sunday, March 26.
North Dakota 7, Gustavus Adolphus College 0
1. Britton, Dustin (UND) def. Gabe Steinwand (GACM) 6-1, 7-5
2. Lau, Travis (UND) def. Michael O'Neil (GACM) 6-3, 6-4
3. Misialek, Ty (UND) def. Mason Bultje (GACM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Mailes, Alex (UND) def. Joakim Ekfeldt (GACM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Danyluk, Simon (UND) def. Alex Senjem (GACM) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 10-4
6. Hokanson, Matt (UND) def. Can-Aras Thierhoff (GACM) 6-3, 6-4
1. Lau, Travis/Britton, Dustin (UND) def. Gabe Steinwand/Mason Bultje (GACM) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Michael O'Neil/Alex Senjem (GACM) def. Danyluk, Simon/Misialek, Ty (UND) 6-4
3. Hokanson, Matt/Mailes, Alex (UND) def. Joakim Ekfeldt/Zeke Haugen (GACM) 6-3