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June 1, 2001

2001 Men's Tennis Review


When Augustana College senior Sayeed Ali (Quincy HS, Quincy, IL) scored the final point of his 7-1 tiebreaker over Mark Cunnington of Millikin, it did more that put the finishing touches on a 6-4; 7-6 win in the championship match of number one singles in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Ali's victory over number three seed Cunnington gave the Vikings their first singles champion in the CCIW since Pat Wilson won at number six singles in 1989. It was the first number one champion for Augustana since Mike Morkin won the second of his two number one titles in 1985.

Thanks in part to Ali's heroics, the Vikings of first year head coach Josh Baldridge placed third in the CCIW tournament with 43 points, the highest finish since a third in 1995. The coach for Augustana that year was Josh's father, Tim Baldridge.

Ali had a record of just 3-2 heading into the conference tournament and he was the fourth seed. In the first round he defeated Filip Gagovic of North Central by a score of 6-1; 6-0. That set up a match with number one seeded Karl Morgan of Carthage in the semi-finals and Ali won by a score of 6-4; 7-6 (7-2 in the tiebreaker) to move into the finals. In the championship match he took care Cunnington to break a draught singles champions for Augustana that spanned the entire decade of the 1990's and one year on either side.

In the team standings Wheaton won with 65 points and Carthage was second with 61. Behind Augustana there was a tie for fourth place with Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin each scoring 23 points. North Central was sixth with nine, North Park had one point in seventh and Elmhurst did not score in eighth. The CCIW went to a different scoring format two years ago and final conference placing is now determined by a combination of the team's regular season standing in dual meets and the tournament placing.

With that, there was a tie for the league title as Carthage and Wheaton both ended up with 15 points and Augustana was third with 11 points. The Vikings picked up five points in the regular season by finishing fourth in the dual meet standings and then moved up to third in the tournament for six points that gave them a total of 11. Carthage was first in the regular season to give the Redmen eighth points while Wheaton had seven in second during the dual meet portion of the schedule. The two teams switched places in the tournament, thus creating the tie.

Josh Baldridge took over as the head coach during the winter and he led the Blue & Gold to a 7-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the CCIW. Josh is the son of former Augustana head coach Tim Baldridge who served from 1990-95.

Eric Hanson (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, IL) almost joined Ali in the championship circle as he finished second at number three singles. Hanson lost in the championship match to Nate Dreist of Carthage by a score of 6-2; 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreaker). Before that, however, he defeated Derek Ring of North Central 6-3; 6-1 and then upset second seed Andrew David of Wheaton 6-3; 5-7; 7-5 in the semifinals.

David Sitko (West Aurora HS, Aurora, IL), Zach Mikulak (Elgin Larkin HS, Elgin, IL) and Pankaj Bakane (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, IL) all took third in their respective singles divisions. Sitko beat Seth Killey of Millikin 6-1; 6-1 for third at number four. Sitko actually beat Killey twice during the tournament, handling him 6-0; 6-3 in the first round before falling to Adam Brushaber of Carthage 6-1; 6-2 in the semifinals. In the playbacks Sitko beat Richard Fagnell 8-0 before taking care of Killey for third.

At number five singles Mikulak beat second seeded Aaron Kramer of Millikin 6-2; 7-6 (8-6 in the tie breaker) to capture third place. Mikulak opened the tournament with an easy 6-0; 6-1 win over Chris VanDusen of North Park before falling to number one seed Dan Roller of Carthage 6-0; 6-1. In the first round of the playbacks, Mikulak beat Mark Thompson of Illinois Wesleyan 8-5.

Bakane took third at number six singles with a 6-1; 6-1 victory over T.J. Johnson of Millikin. Bakane opened the tournament with a 6-0; 6-2 win over Chris Harley of North Central before losing to number one seed Nick Buscaglis 6-1; 7-6 (7-5 in the tie breaker) in the semifinals. Bakane beat Bharat Pardasani of Illinois Wesleyan 8-1 in the first round of the playbacks.

In other singles action David Currie (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, IL) finished fourth at number two.

Sitko and Mikulak were third in number two doubles while Currie and Hanson placed fourth at number one doubles.

Sitko and Mikulak led the team in singles victories with identical 9-10 records while Hanson was 8-10.

Augustana Vikings 2001 Men's Tennis Letter Winners

NameYearHometown (High School)
Sayeed Ali***Sr.Quincy, IL (Quincy)
Pankaj Bakane*Fr.New Lenox, IL (Lincoln Way)
David Currie***Jr.Galesburg, IL (Galesburg)
Matt Deans***Jr.Libertyville, IL (Libertyville)
Eric Hanson**So.Deerfield, IL (Deerfield)
Zack Mukulak**So.Elgin, IL (Elgin Larkin)
David Sitko**Jr.Aurora, IL (West Aurora)

Head Coach: Josh Baldridge

CCIW Tournament

May 4-5, 2001 ** Evergreen Racquet Club ** Bloomington, Illinois

CCIW Tournament Team Scores

4.Illinois Wesleyan23
4. (tie)Millikin23
6.North Central9
7.North Park1

Final CCIW Standing Scores

PlaceTeamReg. Season Pts.Tour. Pts.Total
1. (tie)Carthage8715
5.Illinois Wesleyan44.58.5
6.North Central336
7.North Park224

2001 Championship Match Results


#1 - Sayeed Ali (AUG) beat Mark Cunnington (MIL) 6-4; 7-6 (7-1)

#2 - Brian Wu (WHE) beat Will Weltman (IWU) 6-3; 6-2

#3 - Nate Deist (CAR) beat Eric Hanson (AUG) 6-2; 7-6 (7-5)

#4 - Breck Schlueter (WHE) beat Adam Brushaber (CAR) 6-3; 6-3

#5 - Dan Roller (CAR) beat Mark Vaughn (WHE) 6-3; 6-1

#6 - Tory Anderson (WHE) beat Nick Buscaglia (CAR) 6-4; 2-6; 6-4


#1 - Karl Morgan/Nate Deist (CAR) beat Andrew David/Mark Vaughn (WHE)

#2 - Brian Wu/Breck Schlueter (WHE) beat Corty Campbell/Adam Brushaber (CAR) 5-7; 7-5; 6-3

#3 - Oliver Oatman/Peter Hubbard (WHE) beat Dan Roller/Michael Meske (CAR) 7-5; 6-1

2001 CCIW Individual Placing


1Sayeed Ali (Aug)Mark Cunningtion (MIL)Karl Morgan (Car)Oliver Oatman (Whe)
2Brian Wu (Whe)Will Weltman (IWU)Corty Campbell (Car)David Currie (Aug)
3Nate Deist (Car)Eric Hanson (Aug)Andrew David (Whe)Andrew Giordana (IWU)
4Breck Schlueter (Whe)Adam Brusaber (Car)David Sitko (Aug)Seth Killey (Mil)
5Dan Roller (Car)Mark Vaughn (Whe)Zach Mikulak (Aug)Aaron Kramer (Mil)
6Tory Anderson (Whe)Nick BuscagliaPankaj Bakane (Aug)T.J. Johnson (Mil


1Morgan/Deist (Car)David/Vaugh (Whe)Weinert/Weltmen (IWU)Currie/Hanson (Aug)
2.Wu/Schlueter (Whe)Cambell/Brushaber (Car)Sitko/Mikulak (Aug)Giordano/Swanson (IWU)
3.Oatman/Hubbard (Whe)Roller/Meske (Car)Killey/Hott (Mil)Brolley/Nguyen (NC)