MIAC Men's Tennis Championship


2005 Men's Tennis Championship

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Gustavus Set to Host 2005 MIAC Men's Tennis Championship

ST. PETER, Minn. - The Gustavus men’s tennis is the favorite to claim its 17th
consecutive MIAC title this weekend, however the Gusties will be
challenged by #2 seed Carleton, which is 8-1 in league play and rated
#10 in the Central Region and #3 seed St. Thomas, which is 7-2 in league
play and rated #8 in the Central Region. Ooncordia, which posted a 6-3
record during the regular season is the fourth seed. The Tournament
will be played on the Brown and Gibbs outdoor courts on the Gustavus
Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. Play begins on Friday, April 29
at 9:00 am and concludes with the championship and third place matches
at 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 30

The Gusties, who are rated #5 nationally and #1 in the Central
Region, cruised through regular season league play with a 9-0 match
record. Coach Steve Wilkinson’s squad posted a record of 51-3 in
singles play and 25-2 in doubles play. The Hamline Pipers gave the
Gusties their most challenging match of the regular season posting three
singles wins and a doubles victory as Gustavus claimed a 5-4 win.
Carleton posted its second consecutive 8-1 regular seaosn mark in
MIAC competition. The Knights only loss was an 8-1 setback to the
Gusties. The Knights defeated Hamline, St. Thomas, and Concordia by
identical 6-3 scores. #3 seed St. Thomas lost only to #1 Gustavus 9-0
and #2 Carleton 6-3. The Tommies defeated #4 seed Concordia 8-1, but
just slipped by #5 Saint John’s 5-4. The Cobbers are the most improved
team in the MIAC this season. Coach Dave Lester’s squad won seven
straight matches at one point during the season and finished winning 10
of its last 12. This isthe first time that Concordia has posted a 10+
win season since 1992.

Fifth seed Saint John’s enters the tournament with a record of 5-4
in league play. The Johnnies four losses came to the top four seeds in
the tournament. Coach Jack Bowe’s squad lost close 5-4 decisions to St.
Thomas and Concordia. St. Olaf and St. Mary’s tied for sixth place in
the regular season, however St. Olaf received the #6 seed due to the
fact that the Oles defeated the Cardinals 5-4 in the regular season.
Hamline, which is the seventh seed lost close 5-4 matches to Gustavus
and Saint Mary’s, while also upsetting non-conference opponent Grinnell
which was regionally rated at the time.

The tournament will begin on Friday morning with #8 seed Hamline
facing #9 seed Bethel and #7 seed St. Mary’s facing #10 seed Macalester. The winner of the Hamline/Bethel match will play top-seeded Gustavus, while the winner of the St. Mary’s/Macalester match will play #2 seed Carleton.

Directions to Gustavus Adolphus College. The matches will be played at the Gibbs and Brown outdoor courts.