Graetz breaks 14-year record with ten straight wins

Metro’s Josh Graetz volleys a ball back to an opponent during a match against Wartburg College March 14. Photo by Amanda Sutherland • asuther6@msudenver.edu

Metro’s Josh Graetz volleys a ball back to an opponent during a match against Wartburg College March 14.
Photo by Amanda Sutherland • asuther6@msudenver.edu

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No. 9: April 2, 2014

Men’s tennis freshman Josh Graetz won his 10th straight match at No. 1 singles, breaking the school record of nine, established by Peter Lantz in 2000 and tied by Sascha Ruckelshausen nine years later.

Graetz broke the record in convincing fashion with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Filip Bogic of No. 47 Lindenwood University (MO) at The Regency Athletic Complex.

His win streak reached 12 consecutive matches and spanned from March 8 to April 11 before Rodrigo Almeida of Western New Mexico University defeated Graetz 6-3, 6-4.

Graetz is from Albury, Australia and graduated from The Scots School in 2012. The 6’0” right-hander won the Scots School Boys tennis championships for six straight years from 2007-2012.

After the Metro men’s tennis spring season concluded, Graetz was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s freshman of the year and first team all-RMAC in singles play. Graetz added second team all-RMAC honors in doubles to his tennis resume with a 17-11 record. He finished 15-5 at No. 1 singles for his inaugural season as a Roadrunner.

The Aussie won his first career match in his first try Sept. 13 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Justin Pena of Texas-Permian Basin.

Graetz began the season 3-2 and then rattled off five consecutive straight-set victories from Sept. 27-29.

Born Joshua Mark Graetz on April 3, 1994, he is the son of Jen- nie and Gary Graetz. Josh has two siblings: a brother, Lachlan, and a sister, Emily. Josh plans to major in human performance & sport with a K-12 physical education emphasis.

Graetz finished the 2013-2014 season ranked No. 4 in the region and No. 39 nationally in singles. He and doubles partner, now-departed senior Adrien Delvaux, ranked No. 5 in the region in doubles. Graetz also earned RMAC player of the week honors twice, March 19 and April 2.

Graetz and the men’s tennis team resume play Sept. 12 in Pueblo against Texas-Permian Basin.

Stay tuned for the No. 8 moment in the next edition, on stands Aug. 21. 

Author: Mario Sanelli

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