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2009 NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals
Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.
Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex
Swanson Tennis Center
May 7-10, 2009

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Day Four Recap

Men's Third Round - Gustavus 5, Luther 0

Gustavus Adolphus earned its 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Championship Finals after defeating Luther College 5-0 on Sunday afternoon in St. Peter. The Gusties once again started their match with three wins in doubles play. All three matches were competitive, however John Kauss and Mike Burdakin defeated Max Busch and Harrison Whiteley 8-5 at the #1 spot, while Charlie Paukert and Ben Tomasek defeated defeated Utsav Rijal and Thomas Orser 8-6 at the #2 spot, and Kevin Stickney and Nick Hansen defeated Max Piepkorn and Scott Martin 8-3 at the #3 spot. The Gusties continued to roll in singles play as Patrick Clark defeated Thomas Orser 6-3, 6-1 at the #5 position and Ben Tomasek defeated Utsab Rijal 6-1, 6-4 at the #4 position. The match was stopped once the Gusties had posted the decisive fifth point.

The Gusties, who are now 27-8 overall, will compete at the NCAA Team Championships hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on May 19-21 in Claremont, California.

Day Three Recap

Women's Third Round - Gustavus 5, Wheaton 0

The Golden Gusties from Gustavus Adolphus earned their 13th consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Quarterfinal Round after defeating Wheaton College 5-0 on Saturday afternoon in
St. Peter. Gustavus claimed points at #2 doubles and #3 doubles to take a 2-0 lead. The Gusties' Sam Frank and Sierra Krebsbach battled to an 8-6 victory over Jordan Hook and Elizabeth Worsowicz at #1 doubles help Gustavus sweep doubles and gain a 3-0 edge heading into singles play.

The Gusties earned their fourth point after Marianne Barau defeated Lindsey Hallet 6-2, 6-4 at the #5 singles spot. Ali O'Neal sealed the victory for Gustavus when she defeated Brittney Dunn in a close 6-3, 6-4 match at #3 singles. The Thunder led at #1, #4, and #6 singles when play was abandoned. The Gusties, who are now 23-9 overall, will compete at the NCAA Team Championships hosted by Oglethorpe University on May 19-21 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Wheaton finished its season at 18-5.

Men's Second Round - Luther 5, University of Texas-Tyler 4

The Luther men surprised #2 seed UT-Tyler 5-4 in the opening match of the day. UT-Tyler led 2-1 after doubles and built its lead to 4-2 after claiming wins at #2 and #3 singles, however Luther rallied to win the last three singles matches and advance to the regional final with a thrilling 5-4 victory. Scott Sundstrom pulled the Norse to within one at 4-3 by defeating Dustin Phillips 6-3, 6-4 at the #1 position and then Thomas Orser tied the match at 4-4 when he came from behind to defeat Shaun Maddox 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 at the #5 position. That left the match to be decided at the #6 position where Luther's Mark Mateski defeated Kevin Wright 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to secure the victory for the Norse.

Men's Second Round - Gustavus 5, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater 0

The Gustavus men closed out the day with a convincing 5-0 win over UW-Whitewater. The Gusties got off to a quick start by winning all three doubles matches. The #3 doubles match turned out be the most interesting as Kevin Stickney and Nick Hansen rallied to defeat Tim Moller and Erik Sanclan 9-8 (7-0 in the tiebreaker). The Gusties closed out the match with straight set wins at #1 and #6 singles. John Kauss defeated Alex Lowe 6-1, 6-0 at the #1 position, and Nick Hansen knocked off Alex Mory 6-4, 6-3 at the #6 position. Gustavus was leading two matches and trailing two matches when the match was stopped because the Gusties had claimed the five points necessary to claim the victory

Gustavus will face Luther for the NCAA Regional title on Sunday at noon.

Day Two Recap

Women's teams from Wheaton College and Gustavus Adolphus and the men's teams from Luther College and Wisconsin-Whitewater earned wins on Friday to advance in the 2009 NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals being held this weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Wheaton defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 5-0 in the morning match, followed by a 5-0 win by Gustavus Adolphus over St. Scholastica. The Thunder will now face the host Gusties at 12 p.m. Saturday for the second consecutive year for a berth in the NCAA Team Championship on May 19-21 in Lawrenceville, Ga. The Luther men started the men's regional tournament with a 5-0 win over Concordia (WI). Wisconsin-Whitewater prevailed 5-0 in an intrastate battle against Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Norse now advance to the second round to face Texas-Tyler at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the Warhawks will face host Gustavus Adolphus at 3 p.m.

Men's First Round - Luther 5, Concordia (WI) 0

Luther recorded a 5-0 win against NCAA newcomer Concordia-Wisconsin by sweeping the doubles matches and winning the #4 and #6 singles matches. The Norse picked up their first point at No. 2 doubles when Utsab Rijal and Thomas Orser defeated Pat Schramka and Juliano Becker 8-0. Scott Sundstrom and Mark Mateski then defeated Thor Lao and Cody Welter 8-1 at the No. 3 position followed by Max Busch and Harrison Whiteley completing the sweep with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles. Luther tallied its first singles point at the No. 4 position when Mark Mateski defeated Juliano Becker 6-1, 6-1. Max Piepkorn sealed the victory with a win at No. 6 singles by the score of 6-2, 6-1.

Men's First Round - Wisconsin-Whitewater 5, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 0

Wisconsin-Whitewater was the fourth team of the day to take a 3-0 lead after the completion of doubles play. The Warhawks gained the three-point advantage when Alex Lowe and Kelvin Caiati defeated Steve Lantz and Phil Loprinzi 8-4. Alex Mory earned the fourth point of the match for UW-Whitewater at No. 6 singles after he defeated Eric Wollum 6-2, 6-3. Tim Moller tallied the decisive point when he defeated Kevin Fawcett 6-3, 6-1.

Women's Second Round - Wheaton 5, Wisconsin-Whitewater 0

For the second straight match, the Thunder swept doubles play to gain a 3-0 lead heading into singles competition. Brittney Dunn and Kayli Edwards defeated Ingrid Stensvaag and Amy Siemon 8-2 to record the first point at No. 2 doubles. Wheaton won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles by identical 8-6 scores to complete the sweep.

In No. 1 singles, Jordan Hook prevailed in the battle of regionally ranked players as she defeated Kalla Schaefer 6-4, 6-1 to put the Thunder ahead 4-0. Sara Federschmidt clinched the match at No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kara Amundson. When play was abandoned, the remaining contests were tightly contested, including at No. 3 and No. 5 singles where both squads had split the first two sets.

Women's Second Round - Gustavus 5, St. Scholastica 0

The Golden Gusties held a 3-0 advantage after sweeping doubles play against the Saints from St. Scholastica. Gustavus' Sam Frank and Sierra Krebsbach battled back from a 7-1 deficit to claim a 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles over the Saints' Katie Motley and Ploy Suthijindawong. After light rain forced play to move indoors, the Gusties extended their lead to 4-0 after Marianne Barau defeated Angela Shields 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. Erica Dobson claimed the deciding point over Natalie Urick 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 singles spot.

Women's teams from Wheaton College and St. Scholastica earned wins on Thursday to advance to the second round at the 2009 NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals being held this weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Each match was played outdoors at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Wheaton defeated Edgewood 5-0 in the day's first match, followed by a 5-3 win by St. Scholastica over Luther. The Thunder women will now face UW-Whitewater at 9 a.m. Friday for a spot in the regional final. St. Scholastica will face the host Golden Gustie women at 11:30 a.m. to complete the pairings for the regional final.

Women's First Round - Wheaton 5, Edgewood 0

The Thunder grabbed an early 3-0 lead heading into singles competition after sweeping doubles play. Kayli Edwards of Wheaton defeated Jenny Pietkauskis 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. The Thunder closed out the match when Sara Federschmidt picked up the decisive point with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Rebecca Chavey at No. 6 singles.

Women's First Round - St. Scholastica 5, Luther 3

The Saints, who are making their third consecutive NCAA appearance, went into singles play leading 3-0 after doubles play. St. Scholastica expanded its lead to 4-0 when Ploy Suthijindawong extended her current winning streak to 19 matches after defeating Kelsie Allen 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. However, Luther won the next three singles points to pull within 4-3 when Kathryn Nichols defeated 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, Cami Czech defeated Natalie Urick 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 singles, and Fran Fairfield defeated Paula Beckermann 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Callee Conda recorded the deciding point with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) win over Brynne Zinnecker at the No. 4 spot. The decision was the Saints' first NCAA post-season victory in program history.

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Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes Concordia University of Mequon, Wisconsin, Luther College of Decorah, Iowa, the University of Texas at Tyler, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, 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 first round matches on Friday, UW-Whitewater will play UW-Eau Claire and Concordia will face Luther. Gustavus will play the winner of the UW-Whitewater/UW-Eau Claire match and UT-Tyler will face the winner of the Luther/Concordia match 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 19-21 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges will serve as the host for the tournament.

Host Gustavus Adolphus is making its 16th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and its 26th trip overall. The Gusties, NCAA Division III champions in 1980 and 1982, have a 41-27 record in NCAA play since the dual team format was established for the 1983 championships. Luther and UW-Whitewater are making their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, while UT-Tyler is making its second straight appearance. UW-Eau Claire is appearing in its first NCAA Tournament since 1996 and second national tournament overall. Concordia (Wis.) is making its first appearance in the NCAA Championships as a team.

Gustavus Adolphus finished atop the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with a perfect record for the 23rd consecutive season, capturing the school's 43rd league title in the process. The Gusties locked down the league's automatic bid with an 8-1 win over St. Olaf last weekend. Gustavus enters the NCAA Tournament as the ninth-ranked team in the nation and the third-ranked team in the Central Region. John Kauss, who is ranked first in the Central Region in singles, won the ITA Small College Singles Title last fall. Kauss and Mike Burdakin, runners-up at last fall's ITA Small College Doubles Championships, form the top-rated doubles team in the Central Region.

Concordia is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning six of nine singles flights to receive the Northern Athletics Conference's first-ever automatic bid. The Falcons have won ten consecutive conference titles (three as a member of the NAC and seven as a former member of the Lake Michigan Conference).

Wisconsin-Whitewater, an independent in men's tennis, received one of 14 at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. The Warhawks, who are rated ninth in the Central Region, are led by seniors Alex Lowe and Kelvin Caiati. Lowe is the program's all-time leader for most combined singles and doubles wins at 166 victories and is 15th-rated singles player in the region. Lowe and Caiati are rated eighth among regional doubles teams.

Luther qualified for this year's NCAA Championships by winning its 29th overall Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend. The Norse, who edged out Coe 5-4 in the IIAC final, are rated eighth in the ITA Central Region as a team. Luther set a new school-record for wins in a season at 36. Scott Sundstrom is the
14th-rated singles player in the Central Region.

Texas-Tyler return to the NCAA Championships after defeating LeTourneau 5-2 for its second consecutive American Southwest Conference crown. The Patriots, who are rated 16th nationally and fifth in the West Region, have two single players ranked in the top 15 of the region. Dustin Phillips is the third-rated player in the West Region, while teammate Robert Sajovich is rated 11th. In doubles, Phillips and David Ashlock are rated third regionally.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire earned an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history. Prior to this season, UW-Eau Claire's previous appearance came in 1996. The Blugolds went 1-1 after winning in the first round against Coe before losing to Gustavus in the second round.

UW-Whitewater and UW-Eau Claire have faced the three of the five teams during the regular season. The Warhawks went 2-1, defeating UW-Eau Claire (5-4) and falling to Gustavus Adolphus (0-9) and Luther (4-5), while UW-Eau Claire went 0-3, falling to Gustavus Adolphus (1-8) and Luther (1-8).

Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes Luther College of Decorah, Iowa, Edgewood College of Madison, Wisconsin, the College of Saint Scholastica from Duluth, Minnesota, Wheaton College of Wheaton, Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater 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 Thursday, Edgewood will play Wheaton and Luther will face St. Scholastica. On Friday, in second round play, Gustavus will play the winner of the Luther/St. Scholastica match and UW-Whitewater will face the winner of the Edgewood/Wheaton match. Friday's winners will play on Saturday for the right to advance to the NCAA Final Eight which will take place on May 19-21 at Oglethorpe University in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Host Gustavus Adolphus is making its 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships, a streak that dates back to its first-ever appearance in 1989. The Gusties, the 1990 NCAA Team Champions, have a 30-22 record in NCAA play. Luther is making its ninth trip and its first since 2002, while Edgewood is making its NCAA debut appearance. Wheaton is making its second consecutive trip and fifth overall, while this is St. Scholastica's third straight appearance. UW-Whitewater is also making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships.

Gustavus Adolphus posted a 10-0 record in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this season to capture the program's 24th league title. The Gusties earned the MIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by defeating St. Olaf 8-1 in the conference playoffs. Gustavus is rated 13th nationally in the May 1 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll and fourth in the ITA Central Region. Sierra Krebsbach is rated 13th regionally in singles and is a member of the tenth-rated doubles tandem in the region with Sam Frank.

Wisconsin-Whitewater is making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. The Warhawks, rated sixth in the Central Region and 18th nationally, went 23-3 during the regular season, setting a new school record for dual victories in a season. Kalla Schaefer is rated ninth regionally in singles, while Schaefer and Amy Siemon are the eighth-rated doubles tandem in the region.

Wheaton, which is rated 20th nationally and seventh in the Central Region, is making back-to-back appearances to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Carthage 9-0 in last weekend's CCIW Automatic Qualifier Tournament. All-American Jordan Hook leads the Thunder, as she is the second-ranked singles player in the region. The doubles tandem of Hook and Elizabeth Worsowicz are the third-rated doubles team in the Central Region. Hook has also been selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Championship.

Luther, which is rated 26th nationally and eighth regionally, defeated Coe in a 5-2 decision to earn Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's automatic qualifying bid on April 25. The Norse, who set a single-season record with 30 wins this season, are led by the doubles pairing of Alana Humpal and Kathryn Nichols, who are rated 14th regionally in doubles.

St. Scholastica, which is making its third consecutive NCAA appearance, swept all six singles flights at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament held last Saturday. The Saints are led by Ploy Suthijindawang, who is the sixth-rated singles player in the region and is riding an 18-match winning streak. Suthijindawang and doubles partner Callee Conda are rated 15th among regional doubles teams.

Edgewood, which is unrated regionally, earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after winning the Northern Athletics Conference championships. The Eagles claimed seven of nine flights during the tournament. Edgewood last played in a national tournament in 1994 when it reached the NAIA National Tournament.

UW-Whitewater, St. Scholastica, Luther, and Wheaton have each competed against three of the five other teams during the regular season. UW-Whitewater went 3-0, posting 5-4 victories over Wheaton, Luther, and Gustavus, while Wheaton went 3-1 with wins over Luther (5-4 and 5-4) and St. Scholastica (7-2). The Norse have also defeated St. Scholastica by the scores of 5-2 and 5-4 this season. Gustavus recorded a 7-2 win over the Saints.

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.

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