Men's Tennis: Gonzaga wins both doubleheader matches Saturday

Gonzaga senior tennis player Vincent Rettke plays in a match against the University of Montana on Feb. 7. 

Gonzaga University men’s tennis won both of its matches on Saturday in The Stevens Center.

GU (7-2) took down the Seattle University Redhawks 4-0 before defeating the University of Idaho Vandals 4-1.

The Zags are coming off a thrilling 4-3 victory over Boise State University on Feb. 9. The match came down to senior Sam Feit in the final set, in which he won 6-4 over BSU’s Kyryll Kryvchun, giving GU the victory.

Saturday’s doubleheader featured matchups against Seattle University (0-8) and University of Idaho (4-3) within hours of each other, as GU looked to continue its win streak.

The day started strong in doubles matches, as GU handled its business. On No. 3 doubles, senior Bryan Husin and junior Matthew Perkins teamed up to take a 6-1 victory. Not long after on No. 1 doubles, freshman Sam Feit and senior Matthew Hollingworth defeated SU’s duo by a score of 6-3.

“It’s good to win that first doubles point,” Feit said. “It sets the tone for the rest of the match.”  

A tone was established for the Bulldogs, who continued its dominant play heading into the single matches.

It was junior Hunter Egger that gave GU its first singles point of the day, as he defeated SU’s Alex Chan 6-1, 6-0.

Shortly after that it was freshman Oliver Andersson’s turn, taking down opponent Colton Wheeldryer 6-0, 6-1.

Wrapping up a very quick match for the Bulldogs was senior Kyle Everly as he beat SU’s Emilio Monroy 6-1, 6-2.

“I came out and took care of business quickly in the first set and got off to a quick start,” Everly said. “I thought I did a good job maintaining momentum I had throughout the match.”

After an extended women’s tennis match, GU faced off against the Vandals around 5 p.m. in a competitive matchup.

In doubles play, all three courts featured highly contested matches, however it was Idaho that gained the upper hand going forward. The Vandals defeated GU’s Egger and Everly 6-3 before Hollingworth and Feit fell as well by a score of 6-3 on No. 1 doubles.

The Bulldogs would bounce back in a big way heading into singles.

GU would tie Idaho after Andersson defeated Idaho’s Bruno Casino 6-3, 6-2 on No. 4 singles.

Then it was Feit’s chance at redemption on No. 1 singles against Idaho’s Francisco Bascon-Pere. With his lateral quickness, the senior was able to keep up with Idaho’s Franci Bascon-Perez. With a 6-1 win in the first set, Feit suddenly found himself down 3-1 in the following set before rattling off five straight points for the match victory. This gave GU a 3-1 advantage over the Vandals, which meant one more point away from back-to-back wins on the day.

Hollingworth, after stumbling in doubles, also redeemed himself and gave GU the match victory after two hard fought sets against Idaho’s Althaf Dhaifullah. The freshman displayed his wide range of skills, from dropshots to powerful serves, on his way to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The Bulldogs have now won five consecutive matches heading into the Mountain Pacific Challenge in Fresno, California.

Cole Forsman is a staff writer.

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