NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals

2008 NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals
Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.
Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex
Swanson Tennis Center
May 1-4, 2008

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Day Four Recap

Men's Third Round - Gustavus 5, UT-Tyler 0

The Gustavus men advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year with a 5-0 win over the University of Texas at Tyler on Sunday afternoon at the Brown Tennis Courts on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus.

Gustavus set the tone for the match by winning all three doubles matches. Andy Bryan and Charlie Paukert defeated David Ashlock and Dustin Phillips 8-3 at the #1 position to claim the first point and then Ben Tomasek and Nick Hansen defeated Nick Kreines and Jordan Repsher 8-5 at the #3 position to extend the lead to 2-0. The third point would come a bit later as John Kauss and Mike Burdakin had to a little extra time to slip past Steven Campbell and Robert Sajovich 9-7 at the #2 position.

In singles play, John Kauss defeated Robert Sajovich 6-0, 6-3 at the #2 position to make the score 4-0 and then Kevin Stickney recorded the decisive fifth point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Nick Kreines at the #6 position. The Gusties were leading at the #3 and #5 positions and trailing at #1 and #4 positions when the match was stopped.

The Gusties will face an undetermined opponent in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 13 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Day Three Recap

Men's Second Round - Gustavus 5, Luther 1

The Gustavus men advanced to the third round with a hard-fought 5-1 win over Luther College. The Gusties claimed two of the three doubles matches and began singles play with a 2-1 lead. Surprisingly, Gustavus' #1 doubles team of Andy Bryan and Charlie Paukert suffered only their fourth loss against a Division III opponent this season falling to Max Busch and Jono Martin 9-8 (10-8 in the tiebreaker). However, Gustavus claimed two important doubles points as John Kauss and Mike Burdakin won 8-5 at the #2 position and Ben Tomasek and Nick Hansen won 8-5 at the #3 position.

In singles play, the Gusties claimed three convincing straight set victories to clinch the match. Andy Bryan defeated Max Busch 6-2, 6-1 at the #1 position, while John Kauss defeated Jono Martin 6-1, 6-3 at the #2 position, and Charlie Paukert defeated Utsab Rijal 6-1, 6-2 at the #4 position.

The Gusties will now face the University of Texas at Tyler in the third round on Sunday at 12:00 pm at the Brown Outdoor Courts. The weather gives hope that the match can be played outside unlike the one women's match and two men's matches on Saturday.

Men's Second Round - Univ. of Texas-Tyler 5, UW-Whitewater 1

Texas-Tyler got off to a great start with three convincing wins in doubles play. David Ashlock and Dustin Phillips defeated Alex Lowe and Erich Palecek 8-3 at the #1 position, while Steven Campbell and Robert Sajovich defeated Danny Glinert and Johnny Reed 8-2 and Nick Kreines and Jordan Repsher defeated David Stefanik and Kelvin Caiati 8-1.

In singles play, Wisconsin-Whitewater battled back and made things interesing before UT-Tyler picked up the two singles wins necessary to clinch the match. Dustin Phillips defeated Alex Lowe 6-3, 6-1 at the #1 position and then David Ashlock defeated Danny Glinert 6-3, 6-1 at the #4 position. UW-Whitewater picked up a win at #5 singles by Tim Moller and led in tow other matches when UT-Tyler picked up the decisive fifth point.

Women's Third Round - Gustavus 5, Wheaton 2

The Golden Gusties from Gustavus Adolphus earned their 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Quarterfinal Round after defeating Wheaton College 5-2 on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter. Gustavus and Wheaton were tied at 1-1 after the Gusties earned the point at #2 doubles and the Thunder evened the score after #3 doubles. Jenni White and Sierra Krebsbach battled to an 8-6 victory over Jordan Hook and Sara Federschmidt at #1 doubles to give the Gusties a 2-1 edge heading into singles play.

Gustavus earned its third point after Sam Frank defeated Brittney Dunn 6-1, 6-2 at the #4 singles spot. Sierra Krebsbach pushed the lead to 4-1 for the Gusties as she defeated Shannon Hale 6-2, 6-0 at #2 singles. Wheaton stayed in the match when Jordan Hook, the third-rated singles player in Division III, defeated Jenni White 6-2, 6-4. However, Erica Dobson sealed the win for Gustavus when she defeated Sara Federschmidt in a close 7-5, 6-4 match at #5 singles.

The Gusties, who are now 24-8 overall, will compete at the NCAA Team Championships on May 13-15 in St. Peter, as Gustavus is the host institution for the national tournament this year. Wheaton finished its season at 22-4.

Day Two Recap

Women's teams from Wheaton College and Gustavus Adolphus and the men's team from Luther College earned wins on Friday to advance in the 2008 NCAA Division III Tennis Regionals being held this weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The first match of the day began outdoors at the Brown Tennis Complex until rain forced play to be moved to the Swanson Tennis Center.

Wheaton defeated Coe 5-1 in the morning match, followed by a 6-0 win by Gustavus Adolphus over Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Thunder will now face the host Gusties at 12 p.m. Saturday for a berth in the NCAA Team Championship on May 13-15 hosted by Gustavus. The Luther men wrapped up the day with a 5-1 win over Carthage. The Norse now advance to the second round to face host Gustavus Adolphus at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Men's First Round - Luther 5, Carthage 1

Luther duplicated its early season win over the Red Men by winning the #2 and #3 doubles matches and sweeping the #4, #5, and #6 singles matches. Carthage was leading at #1, #2, and #3 singles when the match was stopped due to the Norse earning the deciding fifth point.

Tim Eisele was a part of two points for the Norse as he defeated Andy Schwenke at #5 singles 6-1, 6-0 and teamed with Harrison Whitely to defeat Jack Schiro and J.T. Delk 8-5 at #2 doubles. Utsab Rijal also helped earn two points as he defeated J.T. Delk 6-0, 6-1 at #4 singles and then partnered with Brad Nelson to defeat Andy Schwenke and Joey Perkins 8-2 at #3 doubles. Thomas Orser picked up the decisive fifth point when he defeated Joey Perkins 6-0, 6-0 at #6 singles.

Luther will now face Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm in a second round match. The winner of the Gustavus/Luther match will face the winner of the Texas-Tyler/UW-Whitewater match on Sunday at noon in a third round match. Texas-Tyler will play UW-Whitewater at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Women's Second Round - Wheaton 5, Coe 1

Both squads, who split matches during the regular season, played to a 1-1 tie after the completion of the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches. However, Wheaton's Brooke Parrish and Shannon Hale prevailed 9-8, 7-2 in the tiebreaker in a tightly contested match against Coe's Hillary Allen and Hannah Jensen at No. 2 doubles.

After rain forced play to move inside, Wheaton earned its third point from Jordan Hook, the top-rated player in the region, by defeating Molly Fiala 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. The Thunder finished the match when Brittney Dunn and Kayli Edwards posted straight set wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Coe was ahead by one set at No. 2, 3, and 5 singles when the match was decided.

Women's Second Round - Gustavus 6, Wisconsin-Whitewater 0

The Golden Gusties held a 3-0 advantage after sweeping doubles play against NCAA newcomer UW-Whitewater. The No. 2 doubles contest between Gustavus' Sam Frank and Ali O'Neal and UW-Whitewater's Ingrid Stensvaag and Michelle Daciolas was tied at 5-5 before the Gusties pulled out the match 8-5. Gustavus extended its lead to 4-0 after Jenni White defeated Ingrid Stensvaag 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Due to simultaneous finishes, the Gusties received their two remaining points from Sierra Krebsbach at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0, and Erica Dobson at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-2.

Day One Recap

Women's teams from Coe College and Wisconsin-Whitewater earned wins on Thursday to advance to the second round at the 2008 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.

Coe defeated Grinnell 5-0 in the day's first match, followed by a 5-1 win by Wisconsin-Whitewater over St. Scholastica. The Kohawk women will now face Wheaton (Ill.) at 9 a.m. Friday for a spot in the regional final. UW-Whitewater will face the host Golden Gustie women at 12 p.m. to complete the pairing for the regional final.

Women's First Round - Coe 5, Grinnell 0

The Kohawks grabbed an early 3-0 lead heading into singles competition after sweeping doubles play. Molly Fiala, the sixth-rated player in the Central Region, defeated Camila Alarcon 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Coe closed out the match when Hannah Jensen picked up the deciding point with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Susan Klumpner at No. 2 singles.

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Women's First Round - UW-Whitewater 5, St. Scholastica 2

The Warhawks, who are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance, went into singles play trailing 2-1 after the Saints earned points at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Jenny Woyahn won at No. 6 singles in a 6-1, 6-2 decision to tie the match at 2-2 for UW-Whitewater. The Warhawks gained its first lead of the match when Ingrid Stensvaag defeated Paula Beckermann 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and Lauren Fahl defeated Katie Motley 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 2 position. Amy Siemon closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Katrina Sacchetti at the No. 4 spot.

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Tournament Previews

Men's Preview

Women's Preview

Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes Carthage College of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Luther College of Decorah, Iowa, the University of Texas at Tyler, 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, Carthage will face Luther. Gustavus will play the winner of the Carthage/Luther match and UT-Tyler 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 13-15 at the Wallach Tennis Center in Lewiston, Maine. Bates College will serve as the host for the tournament.

Host Gustavus Adolphus is making its 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and its 26th trip overall. The Gusties, NCAA Division III champions in 1980 and 1982, have a 39-26 record in NCAA play since the dual team format was established for the 1983 championships. Carthage is making its sixth consecutive trip, posting a 2-5 record with four losses coming to the Golden Gusties and one loss coming to Wisconsin-Whitewater. Luther and Wisconsin-Whitewater are making their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Texas-Tyler 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 22nd consecutive season, capturing the school's 42nd league title in the process. The Gusties locked down the league's automatic bid with a 5-0 win over Carleton last weekend. Gustavus enters the tournament as one of two MIAC teams ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The sixth-ranked Gusties are also the third-ranked team in the Central Region. Andy Bryan is ranked first in the Central Region in singles, while John Kauss is rated fourth in the region. Bryan and Charlie Paukert, winners of last fall's ITA Central Region doubles title, form the second-rated doubles team in the Central 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 fifth consecutive CCIW title with a 5-4 win over Wheaton (Ill.) last weekend. Carthage, unrated in the Central Region, is led by Miguel Yunes. Yunes is the ninth-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 30th nationally and ninth in the Central Region, went 19-7 during the regular season. UW-Whitewater has won eight consecutive dual matches.

Luther qualified for this year's NCAA Championships by winning its 28th overall Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend. The Norse, who topped Coe 5-1 in the final, are rated 12th in the ITA Central Region as a team.

Texas-Tyler also had its pass for the NCAA Championships stamped last weekend, defeating Hardin-Simmons 5-0, for the American Southwest Conference crown. The Patriots, who are rated 25th nationally and sixth in the West Region, snapped Hardin-Simmons' 69 match win-streak over streak over conference opponents

Wis.-Whitewater has faced the three of the four teams during the regular season, while Luther has faced two. The Warhawks went 2-1, defeating Carthage (7-2) and Luther (5-4) and falling to Gustavus Adolphus (1-8). Luther went 1-1, defeating Carthage (7-2) and falling to Gustavus Adolphus (1-8).

Gustavus Adolphus College welcomes Coe College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Grinnell College of Grinnell, Iowa, 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 Friday, Grinnell will play Coe and UW-Whitewater will face St. Scholastica. On Saturday, in second round play, Gustavus will play the winner of the UW-Whitewater/St. Scholastica match and Wheaton will face the winner of the Coe/Grinnell match. Saturday's winners will play on Sunday for the right to advance to the NCAA Final Eight which will take place on May 13-15 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Host Gustavus Adolphus is making its 20th 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 28-21 record in NCAA play. Wheaton is making its third trip and its first since 2006, while Wisconsin-Whitewater is making its debut appearance. Coe, St. Scholastica, and Grinnell are each making their 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 23rd league title. The Gusties are rated 15th nationally in the April 15 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll and fourth in the ITA Central Region. Jenni White is rated fifth regionally in singles and is a member of the top-rated doubles tandem in the region with Sierra Krebsbach, who is rated 11th regionally in singles. White will participate in the NCAA Individual Championships and the NCAA Doubles Championships with Krebsbach. The doubles tandem of Sam Frank and Ali O'Neal (No. 10) are also rated in the most recent ITA Central Region poll. White was selected for the singles draw at the NCAA Championships and, with Krebsbach, was picked for the doubles draw.

Wheaton, which is rated 22nd nationally and fifth in the Central Region, is returning to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Carthage 8-1 last weekend's CCIW Automatic Qualifier Tournament. The Thunder also won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) women's tennis championship last fall. Nationally third-rated singles player Jordan Hook leads the Thunder along with teammate Shannon Hale, who is rated 24th in regional singles play. The doubles tandem of Hook and Sara Federschmidt are the fifth-rated doubles team in the Central Region. Hook has also been selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Championship

Wisconsin-Whitewater is making its first trip to the NCAA Championships. The Warhawks, rated eighth in the Central Region and 29th nationally, went 20-8 during the regular season, setting a new school record for dual victories in a season. Ingrid Stensvaag is rated 19th regionally in singles, while Lauren Fahl and Tiffany Dawson are the eighth-rated doubles tandem in the region.

Coe, which is rated 22nd nationally, held on in a 5-4 decision over Luther to repeat as Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions. The Kohawks are led by Molly Fiala, who is the sixth-rated singles player in the Central Region and will compete in the NCAA Individual Championships, and Andrea Schupbach is rated sixth regionally in doubles. Hannah Jensen is also the 13th-rated singles player in the region.

Grinnell is unrated regionally, but has captured each of the past four Midwest Conference championships. The Pioneers finished 3-0 in Midwest Conference-South Division play and captured six of nine champions during the individual tournament. Head Coach Andy Hamilton was named MWC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year.

St. Scholastica, champions of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with a perfect 8-0 record, stretched their all-time UMAC regular season record to 61-0.

Wheaton has competed against three of the five other teams during the regular season, defeating Wisconsin-Whitewate (9-0), splitting decisions with Coe (6-3 and 4-5), and falling to Gustavus (2-5) in the quarterfinals of the Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wis. In addition to its loss to Wheaton, Wisconsin-Whitewater has lost to Coe twice (3-6 and 2-5).

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.