Three Leafs honored in same tennis season for first time since 1984

AVON, Ohio — Three Goshen College men’s tennis players took home all-conference honors Tuesday as Danny Boussom, Martim Cafe and Juan Miguel Ciudad were named all-Crossroads League by the conference’s 10 head coaches.

The trio combined for a 20-5 singles mark and a 12-5 doubles record in the top half of the Maple Leaf lineup as Goshen went 7-2 in the conference regular season while posting a 10-3 mark overall.

Goshen was a perfect 7-0 at the John Ingold Athletic Complex in the fall season, the team’s first unbeaten home slate since a 5-0 mark in 1988. The 2018 team becomes the first Maple Leaf men’s tennis team since 1984 to have as many as three players named all-conference; the 1984 team had four (Paul Algate, Frank Hess, Dave Smucker and Jeff Stoltzfus).

Boussom, a sophomore from Goshen playing his first season at GC, went 6-2 at no. 1 singles and 8-1 at no. 1 doubles in the conference round robin. He finished with an overall record of 15-3 on the doubles court, sparked by a run to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional final, and a 10-2 mark in singles action. Boussom and Cafe combined for a 14-3 record at no. 1 doubles, tying for the third-most wins in a season by a doubles team in Maple Leaf history.

The other half of that dynamic duo, Cafe finished 6-2 at no. 3 singles in conference action. The Dubai native finished 10-4 in singles play and 14-4 in doubles competition this season, playing one additional doubles match with Josh Friesen in the conference tournament when Boussom partnered with Ciudad. His 10 singles wins so far in the campaign are tied for the fourth-most by a Maple Leaf no. 3 singles player.

Ciudad, a junior from Valencia, Spain, won 11 singles matches, tying him for fourth all-time among Maple Leaf seasons spent primarily at the no. 2 spot. He was 8-1 as a singles player in CL regular-season play, going 7-1 at his usual position and 1-0 in a late-season cameo at no. 1. He was 7-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play on the doubles court, usually playing alongside Kartikeya Sharma. Through three seasons at GC, Ciudad sports career records of 34-13 in singles play and 18-24 in doubles competition.

The 15-member Crossroads League team also included four players from Indiana Wesleyan, three from Marian, two apiece from Grace and Huntington, and one from Spring Arbor. Eddy Shigley of Indiana Wesleyan and Steve Mackell of Marian shared Coach of the Year honors after leading their teams to the top two spots in the conference standings.

Second-place Marian topped first-place IWU in the conference tournament championship to claim the conference’s automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.

Goshen will close out its fall season on Friday with a visit to Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m.

All-Crossroads League Men’s Tennis Team

Nathan Bogle, Marian

Danny Boussom, Goshen

Martim Café, Goshen

Juan Miguel Ciudad, Goshen

Grant Esposito, Indiana Wesleyan

Diego Freire, Indiana Wesleyan

Diogo Jesus, Marian

Ignacio Poncio, Huntington

Pavle Popovic, Grace

Nick Romano, Spring Arbor

Max Rozas, Grace

Eli Steiner, Indiana Wesleyan

Hunter Sylvester, Marian

Illia Turaba, Huntington

Riley Worland, Indiana Wesleyan