Host Gustavus Adolphus Advances Both Men and Women to NCAA Quarterfinals
The Gustavus Adolphus men's and women's tennis teams completed play Sunday at the NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter as each picked up a victory. The 12th-rated Golden Gustie women opened the day with a 5-1 victory over Carthage, while the fifth-rated men's team shut out Wisconsin-Whitewater 6-0.
Women's Third Round - Gustavus Adolphus 5, Carthage 1
The Gustavus women swept through doubles to take a 3-0 lead entering singles play and then extended their lead to 4-0 with 6-1, 6-1 win by Hannah Frericks at No. 5 singles over Taylor Gustafson. The Lady Reds cut the lead to 4-1 minutes later as Beth Kaufman posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Darcy Haubrick at No. 6 singles. Hom clinched the match for Gustavus with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles over Amanda Sta. Romana in a battle of two of the region's top ten singles players. Hom entered the weekend rated fourth, while Sta. Romana was rated eighth. Hom and Sierra Krebsbach, rated second in the Central Region, also picked up an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles over Sta. Romana and Elizca Buys, the region's third-rated doubles tandem.
Men's Third Round - Gustavus Adolphus 6, Wisconsin-Whitewater 0
The Gustavus men also swept through doubles, including a 9-7 win by Ben Tomasek and Nick Hansen over Johnny Reed and Erich Palacek at No. 3. Reed and Palacek led 7-6 before Tomasek and Hansen captured three straight games to close out the match. In singles play, the Gusties recieved straight-set wins at No. 2 from Jesse Brauer (6-1, 6-2 over Alex Lowe), at No. 3 from John Kauss (6-2, 6-2 over Steve Klaas), and at No. 5 from Charlie Paukert (6-4, 6-2 over Bill Stranberg) to clinch the match. Mike Burdakin and Danny Suchy had each taken the first set from their Warhawk opponents and were up in the second set at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, when the match was halted. Andy Bryan and UWW's Robin Borg had split the first two sets and were just starting the final set when the match was abandoned.
Gustavus Adolphus' men's team advances to quarterfinal round play at the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships to be held May 15-17 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in suburban St. Louis, Mo. Washington University in St. Louis is the host institution. The Gustavus Adolphus women advance to quarterfinal round at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships to be held May 15-17 at the University of Mary Washington Battleground Complex in Fredericksburg, Va. University of Mary Washington is the host institution. Individual competition in singles and doubles will follow team competition at each site May 18-20. Women's selections were announced May 1. Amanda Sta. Romana (Carthage), Molly Fiala (Coe), Lauren Hom (Gustavus Adolphus) were each selected for the singles draw, while Sta. Romana and Elizca Buys (Carthage) and Hom and Sierra Krebsbach selected for the doubles draw.
Both the men's and women's teams from host Gustavus Adolphus advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals being held this weekend in St. Peter. The Gustavus women, 5-0 winners over Coe, will face Carthage, a 5-1 winner over in-state rival Wisconsin-La Crosse, at noon, while the Gustavus men, 6-1 winners over Luther, will tackle Wisconsin-Whitewater at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Warhawks survived an exhausting match with Carthage that lasted until late in the evening by a 5-4 score. Rain off and on throughout the morning forced all four of the day's matches to move indoors to the Swanson Tennis Center, where the action heated up as the day went along.
Women's Second Round - Gustavus Adolphus 5, Coe 0;
Carthage 5, Wisconsin-La Crosse 1
The Gustavus Adolphus women opened the day with a 5-0 win over Iowa Conference champion Coe, sweeping doubles and getting singles wins from Hannah Frericks at No. 5 (6-1, 6-1 over Katie Yakes) and from Sierra Krebsbach at No. 4 (6-4, 6-1 over Lindsey Driscoll) to clinch a spot in Sunday's third round.
Later in the afternoon, the Gusties were joined in the third round by the Lady Reds from Carthage. Like Gustavus, Carthage swept doubles to take a 3-0 lead over Wisconsin-La Crosse and then added singles wins from Amanda Sta. Romana at No. 1 and Elizca Buys at No. 2. Sta. Romana and Buys are rated eighth and 11th, respectively, in the Central Region. The Eagles picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win by Sarah Schoenwaelder over Taylor Gustafson at No. 5 singles.
Carthage and Gustavus have already met this season with the Gusties taking a 5-1 decision April 7 in the third place match of the Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Men's Second Round - Gustavus Adolphus 6, Luther 1;
Wisconsin-Whitewater 5, Carthage 4
Gustavus Adolphus advanced to the third round with a 6-1 win over Luther that was closer that the final team score would seem to indicate. After picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, the Gusties saw their team lead cut to 2-1 as Norse doubles tandem Utsab Rijal and Brad Nelson edged Mike Burdakin and Charlie Paukert 9-8 (7-4) to capture the second doubles match. Straight-set singles wins by Jesse Brauer at No. 2 and John Kauss at No. 3 gave Gustavus a 4-1 lead, but that lead was tenuous at best. Needing only one more match win to clinch, the Gusties dropped the first set in each of the other four singles matches. Playing in the comfy confines of the Swanson Tennis Center, Gustavus bounced back as Andy Bryan and Mike Burdakin captured three-set wins at No. 1 and No. 4 singles to allow the Gusties to move into Sunday's regional final match.
Carthage and Wisconsin-Whitewater extended their match to the maximum, needing all nine matches to decide a winner. Carthage emerged from doubles with a 2-1 lead as all three matches were decided by a tiebreaker. Straight-set wins by Alex Lowe at No. 2 and John Friar at No. 4 put the Warhawks ahead 3-2 and a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win by Robin Borg over Miguel Yunes at No. 1 singles pushed Wisconsin-Whitewater's lead to 4-2 before Carthage drew even with three-set victories by Phil Hammond at No. 5 (7-5, 4-6, 6-2 over Bill Stranberg) and Sergio Lopez at No. 3 (5-7, 6-1, 7-6 [8-6]). All eyes then focused to the match at No. 4 singles where UWW's Johnny Reed and Carthage's Dave Sands were locked in an intense, emotional three-set battle. With a large divided crowd and teammates cheering on both competitors, Reed prevailed 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to clinch the victory for the Warhawks and set the matchup for Sunday afternoon's regional final.
The Gusties and Warhawks met in St. Peter earlier in the season with Gustavus taking a 9-0 win March 3 in the Swanson Tennis Center.
Women's teams from Coe College and the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and the men's team from Luther College each picked up victories Friday to advance to the second round of play at the 2007 NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals being held this weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Each match started outdoors at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex before being forced inside the Swanson Tennis Center due to intermittent showers.
Coe defeated St. Scholastica 5-1 in the day's first match, followed by a 5-0 win by Wisconsin-La Crosse over Grinnell. The Luther men capped off the day with a 5-3 win over the Grinnell men. The Kohawk women will now face the host Golden Gustie women at 9 a.m. Saturday for a spot in the regional final. Wisconsin-La Crosse will face Carthage at 11:30 a.m. to complete the pairing for the regional final. On the men's side, Luther advances to face the Gustavus men at 2:00 p.m. The last matchup of the day will feature the men's teams from Carthage and Wisconsin-Whitewater. It will kick off at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Women's First Round - Coe 5, St. Scholastica 1
The Kohawks picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take a 2-1 lead heading into doubles play. Molly Fiala, the Iowa Conference's only individual selection to next week's NCAA Championships, picked up a 6-0, 6-2 over Jess Rich at No. 1 singles. Coe closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win by Hillary Allen at No. 3 singles and a 6-4, 6-3 win by Andrea Schupbach at No. 2 singles.
Women's First Round - Wis.-La Crosse 5, Grinnell 0
Wisconsin-La Crosse, in only its second trip to the NCAA Tournament, posted the day's lone shutout, downing Midwest Conference champion Grinnell 5-0. The Eagles swept doubles and then closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win by Sarah Schoenwaelder at No. 5 singles and a 6-0, 6-1 victory by Courtney Tornow at No. 6 singles.
Men's First Round - Luther 5, Grinnell 3
Midwest Conference champion Grinnell saw its season brought to a close Friday with a 5-3 loss to Iowa Conference champion Luther, but the Pioneers did their best to make the Norse earn the victory. Doubles play saw two matches go to tie-breakers with Grinnell's Dan LaFountaine and Nate Fox prevailing 9-8 (7-5) at No. 1 and Luther's Derek Hoffman and Thomas Orser winning 9-8 (9-7) at No. 3. Brad Nelson and Utsab Rijal gave Luther the 2-1 edge heading into singles with an 8-5 win at No. 2. The Norse picked up wins at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 singles to clinch the match, while Grinnell picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, including a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) win by Pioneer sophomore Dan LaFountaine over Max Busch at No. 1. The Luther freshman entered the match rated 11th in the Central Region and was earlier this week named Iowa Conference MVP.
|Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes Carthage College of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Grinnell College of Grinnell, Iowa, Luther College of Decorah, Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater to the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex in St. Peter for this weekend's NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Regional Tournament. In the lone men's first round match Friday, Grinnell will face Luther. Gustavus will play the winner of the Luther/Grinnell match and Carthage will face UW-Whitewater on Saturday in the second round. Saturday's winners will play on Sunday for the right to advance to the NCAA Final Eight which will take place on May 15-17 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Washington University of Saint Louis will serve as the host for the tournament.
Host Gustavus Adolphus is making its 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and its 25th trip overall. The Gusties, NCAA Division III champions in 1980 and 1982, have a 36-24 record in NCAA play since the dual team format was established for the 1983 championships. Carthage is making its fifth consecutive trip, posting a 2-4 record with all four losses coming to the Golden Gusties. Luther is back for the first time since 1997 when the Norse fell to Ripon 4-3 in the first round. Grinnell and Wisconsin-Whitewater are making their first appearances in the NCAA Championships as teams.
Gustavus Adolphus finished atop the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with a perfect record for the 22nd consecutive season, capturing the school's 42nd league title in the process. The Gusties locked down the league's automatic bid with a 6-3 win over Carleton last weekend. Gustavus enters the tournament as the only MIAC team ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The fifth-ranked Gusties are also the top-ranked team in the Central Region, taking over the top spot from DePauw University in the first rankings of the spring. Andy Bryan is ranked fifth nationally and first in the Central Region in singles, while Jesse Brauer is rated 11th nationally and third in the region. In doubles, Brauer and Bryan form the second-rated doubles team in NCAA Division III. Mike Burdakin and Charlie Paukert, winners of last fall's ITA Central Region doubles title, are rated ninth in the region.
Carthage, champions of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, received one of 16 at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. The Red Men captured their fourth consecutive CCIW title with a 7-2 win over Wheaton (Ill.) last weekend. Carthage, rated 12th in the Central Region, is led by Miguel Yunes. Yunes is the seventh-rated singles player in the region and teams with Sergio Lopez to form the seventh-rated doubles tandem in the Central Region.
Wisconsin-Whitewater, an independent in men's tennis, also received an at-large bid. The Warhawks, rated 28th nationally and seventh in the Central Region, went 24-3 during the regular season, setting a new school record for dual victories in a season. Robin Borg (No. 13) and Alex Lowe (No. 20) are each rated regionally in singles and combine to form the Central Region's eighth-rated doubles team.
Luther qualified for this year's NCAA Championships by winning the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend. The Norse, who topped Coe 5-2 in the final, are rated tenth in the ITA Central Region as a team. Max Busch is the 11th-rated singles player in the region, while Busch and Jono Martin pair to form the Central Region's 12th-rated doubles tandem.
Grinnell also had its pass for the NCAA Championships stamped last weekend, defeating Ripon 6-0 to capture the school's fourth consecutive Midwest Conference championship and the fifth in the last six years. The Pioneers finished 4-0 in Midwest Conference-South Division play and captured seven of nine champions during the individual tournament.
Wis.-Whitewater and Luther have each faced the other four teams during the regular season. The Warhawks went 2-2, defeating Grinnell (8-1) and Luther (5-4) and falling to Gustavus Adolphus (0-9) and Carthage (3-6). Luther went 1-3, defeating Grinnell (7-2) and falling to Wis.-Whitewater, Gustavus Adolphus (1-8), and Carthage (2-7).
|Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes Carthage College of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Coe College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Grinnell College of Grinnell, Iowa, the College of Saint Scholastica from Duluth, Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse to the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex in St. Peter for this weekend's NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Regional Tournament. In first round play on Friday, Grinnell will play UW-La Crosse and Coe will face St. Scholastica. On Saturday, in second round play, Gustavus will play the winner of the Coe/St. Scholastica match and Carthage will face the winner of the Grinnell/UW-La Crosse match. Saturday's winners will play on Sunday for the right to advance to the NCAA Final Eight which will take place on May 15-17 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Host Gustavus Adolphus is making its 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships, a streak that dates back to its first-ever appearance in 1989. The 1990 NCAA Champion Gusties have a 26-20 record in NCAA play. Carthage is making its third trip in three years, while Wisconsin-La Crosse is in the field for the first time since debuting in 2001. Coe, St. Scholastica, and Grinnell are each making their first trip to the NCAA Championships.
Gustavus Adolphus posted a 10-0 record in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this season to capture the program's 22nd league title. The Gusties are rated 12th nationally in the April 16 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll and third in the ITA Central Region. Lauren Hom is rated fourth regionally in singles and is a member of the second-rated doubles tandem in the region (with Sierra Krebsbach). Singles players Jaime Gaard (No. 15) and Jenni White (No. 21) and the doubles tandem of Gaard and Hannah Frericks (No. 19) are also rated in the most recent ITA Central Region poll. Hom was selected for the singles draw at the NCAA Championships and, with Krebsbach, was picked for the doubles draw. Hom and Krebsbach are provisionally seeded fourth. Hom will be making her third trip to the NCAA Championships as an individual. Selected for both the singles and doubles draws during her first two seasons and finishing second (with Kara Smiley) to teammates Tara Houlihan and Lyndsey Palen in 2005, Hom was selected only as a doubles alternate (with Marla Menne) in 2006.
Carthage is making its third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years, posting a 1-2 record in its two previous trips in 2004 and 2005. The Lady Reds finished second to Wheaton (Ill.) for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) women's tennis championship last fall, but came back to edge the Thunder 5-4 to win last weekend's CCIW Automatic Qualifier Tournament. Carthage is rated 20th nationally and fifth in the Central Region. Amanda Sta. Romana (No. 8) and Elizca Buys (No. 11) are rated regionally in singles, while the Lady Reds doubles tandems of Sta. Romana and Buys (No. 3) and Kristin Minkowski and Gina Klein (No. 16) are rated. For the second consecutive year, Sta. Romana has been selected for the singles draw at the NCAA Championships and the team of Sta. Romana and Buys has been tabbed for the doubles draw. Buys will actually be making her third straight appearance at the national championships in doubles after being selected with current Lady Reds assistant coach Kelly Mikkila in 2005. Buys and Sta. Romana won the doubles championship at the September 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Midwest Regional Tournament and reached the semifinals of the ITA Small College Championship.
Wisconsin-La Crosse, rated tenth in the April 16 ITA Central Region poll, is making its second trip to the NCAA Championships. The Eagles went 6-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) and captured their second consecutive WIAC Women's Tennis Championship in October. Angie Riedel is rated 14th regionally in singles, while Riedel and Julie Tellefsen are the fifth-rated doubles tandem in the region.
Coe, champion of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, became only the second team (Cornell, 2001) to unseat Luther as Iowa Conference champion. The Kohawks are led by sophomore Molly Fiala, two-time Iowa Conference MVP and champion of last September's ITA Midwest Region singles tournament. Fiala, who is currently the seventh-rated singles player in the Central Region, has been selected for the singles draw at the NCAA Championships. She was an alternate in singles in 2006.
Grinnell is unrated regionally, but has captured each of the past three Midwest Conference championships. Shweta Khajuria is rated No. 25 in singles in the Central Region. The Pioneers finished 4-0 in Midwest Conference-South Division play and captured five of nine champions during the individual tournament.
St. Scholastica, champions of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with a perfect 8-0 record, closed the season on an eight-match winning streak.
Carthage has competed against three of the five other teams during the regular season, defeating Coe (6-3) and Wisconsin-La Crosse (8-1) while falling to Gustavus (1-5) in the finals of the Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wis. In addition to its loss to Carthage, Wisconsin-La Crosse has regular season victories over Grinnell (9-0) and St. Scholastica (8-1).
Note: In the event of rain, play will be moved to the Swanson Tennis Center, which is located adjacent to the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex. All matches will be played to decision regardless of current weather conditions.
Directions to Gustavus Adolphus College. The matches will be played at the Brown Outdoor Courts.