2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Regional

May 10-12, 2018 | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.

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Whitman Upsets Host Gustavus 5-4 To Claim Region Title

ST. PETER, Minn. (May 12, 2018) – In a match that lasted four hours, visiting Whitman College pulled off a 5-4 upset over the Gustavus men’s tennis team Saturday at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex, capturing the NCAA region championship and advancing to the national quarterfinals for the first time since 1988. The No. 6-ranked Gusties jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles and won the first singles match, but the No. 20-ranked Blues won at Nos. 1, 3, and 6 before the clincher at No. 5. Gustavus ends its season 24-9, while Whitman improves to 18-7 and will face the winner of Middlebury and Johns Hopkins.

Gustavus 4, Whitman 5

Singles

  1. Hewlin, Zach (WC-M) def. Mohanad Alhouni (Sr., Tripoli, Libya) (GACM) 6-2, 6-3
  2. Zach Ekstein (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) (GACM) def. Kirsh, Ben (WC-M) 6-2, 6-3
  3. Ho, Gary (WC-M) def. Patrick Whaling (Jr., Manakin Sabot, Va.) (GACM) 7-5, 6-4
  4. Chase Johnson (Jr., Golden Valley, Minn.) (GACM) def. Foster, Daniel (WC-M) 6-1, 7-5
  5. Friedman, Chase (WC-M) def. Yassine Derbani (So., Casablanca, Morocco) (GACM) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
  6. Hwang, Alex (WC-M) def. Tommy Entwistle (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) (GACM) 6-1, 7-6

Doubles

  1. Hewlin, Zach/Carter, Robert (WC-M) def. Mohanad Alhouni/Patrick Whaling (GACM) 8-5
  2. Tommy Entwistle/Chase Johnson (GACM) def. Hwang, Alex/Fennessy, Trevor (WC-M) 8-5
  3. Zach Ekstein/Mason Bultje (Sr., Mankato, Minn.) (GACM) def. Friedman, Chase/Kirsh, Ben (WC-M) 9-7

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2018) – The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee has selected the 43 teams that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships. Gustavus Adolphus College will host a six-team regional Thursday, May 10-Saturday, May 12 at the Swanson Tennis Center.

The regional teams include No. 6 Gustavus, No. 20 Whitman, No. 40 Coe, Grinnell, Concordia-Wisconsin, and Northwestern-St. Paul. The Gusties and Whitman have a first round bye, while Grinnell and Concordia will play each other along with a matchup between Coe and Northwestern on Friday.

The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first-, second- and third-rounds played at regional sites, Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12, or Friday-Sunday, May 11-13. Claremont- Mudd-Scripps will host the team championship finals, which will be held May 21-26 at The Biszantz Family Tenns Center in Claremont, California. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 9.

The championship provides for a 43-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 36 conference champions, which form “Pool A.” One team is selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining six teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference’s AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.

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