2011 MIAC Men's And Women's Tennis Championship

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Gustavus Men's Tennis Wins MIAC Playoff Championship

The Gustavus men's tennis team earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship by winning the 2011 MIAC Playoff Title with impressive wins over St. Olaf, 6-0 in the semifinals, and Carleton 7-2 in the championship match on Saturday in St. Peter. 

The Gusties, who were the #1 seed in the playoff tournament, received the a bye on the first day and opened play against St. Olaf on Saturday morning.  The Oles advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3 win over Concordia on Friday.  Gustavus jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles and never looked back on its way to a 6-0 win over St. Olaf.  The match was stopped due to time constraints after the Gusties had built an insurmountable 6-0 lead.  Coach Tommy Valentini's squad won the first three singles matches in straight sets and led in the other three matches when play was stopped.

In the championship match, Gustavus faced Carleton in the re-match of the 2010 championship, when the Knights defeated the Gusties and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  Carleton defeated St. Thomas 6-1 in the semifinals.  Gustavus got off to a fast start in the match winning the #2 and #3 doubles matches to take an early 2-0 lead.  The #1 doubles match was hotly contested and the Gustavus duo of Patrick Clark and Amrik Donkena rallied from a 7-6 deficit to defeat Peter Dunn and Paul Cooper 9-8 (4).  The Gusties clinched the match at 5-0 when Marcel Gyswyt defeated Jon Aranda 6-3, 6-2 at the #5 position and Amrik Donkena defeated Austin Jiang 6-2, 7-6 (6).  The final four singles matches were very competitive as all went to the maximum three sets.  The two rivals split the four matches with Gustavus getting wins from Patrick Clark at the #2 position and Tyler Johnson at the #4 position, while Carleton picked up wins from Alexander Chin at the #3 position and McCoy Becker at the #6 position.

The Gusties will find out on Monday who and where they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which will take place on May 13-15.

 

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Gustavus Women's Tennis Wins MIAC Playoff Championship

In what was one of the most highly-contested championships in the five-year history of the MIAC Women's Tennis Playoffs, the Gustavus women's tennis team prevailed 5-2 over Carleton to earn its sixth consecutive playoff title. Gustavus defeated Saint Benedict 5-0 to advance to the finals, while the Knights edged out St. Olaf 5-3 in their semifinal match. The Gusties will enter the NCAA Regional Championships with an overall record of 19-9.

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Men's And Women's Semifinals Set For Saturday

Both the men's and the women's MIAC Playoff Semifinals are set after Friday's quarterfinal matches at the Brown Tennis Courts on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. On the men's side, St. Olaf defeated Concordia 6-3 and St. Thomas swept Hamline 9-0 to advance to Saturday's MIAC Semifinals. For the women, St. Olaf swept St. Catherine 9-0 and Saint Benedict defeated St. Thomas 7-2.

Men’s Quarterfinals Summary:

#4 St. Olaf claimed a 6-3 victory over #5 Concordia on the strength of singles wins by Knute Gunderson at number two (6-1, 7-5), Charlie Reinertsen at number three (6-3, 6-2), John Foss at number four (6-2, 6-1), Will Mitchell at number five (7-6, 6-1) and Ryan Abdella at number six (7-6, 6-3). Concordia picked up its three wins with Matt Edin at number one singles (6-4, 6-1) and doubles victories at number one (8-5) and number three (8-6).

In the other quarterfinal matchup, #3 St. Thomas swept #6 Hamline 9-0. The Tommies defeated the Pipers in straight sets in each of the singles matches and picked up 8-4, 8-2 and 8-4 victories in doubles to secure the sweep.

Women’s Quarterfinals Summary:

#3 St. Olaf swept #6 St. Catherine 9-0. The Oles earned straight-set victories in each of the singles matches and picked up 8-0, 8-4 and 8-6 wins in doubles.

In the other quarterfinal matchup, #4 Saint Benedict defeated #5 St. Thomas 7-2 to advance to the semifinal on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The Blazers took points in number one (8-4) and number three doubles (8-3), as well as all of the singles matches except for number five, where St. Thomas’ Lauren Schultz defeated Jamie Hoffman 6-1, 6-0.

On Saturday…

First-seeded Gustavus men's tennis team will face St. Olaf, while second-seeded Carleton will take on St. Olaf. Both matches are set for an 9:00 a.m. start time. The winners of the semifinal matches will advance to the MIAC Men's Tennis Playoff Championship Match at 2:30 p.m.

The Gustavus women's tennis team will face Saint Benedict in the semis, while Carleton will go against St. Olaf. Both matches are set for 11:30 a.m. The winners of the semifinal matches will advance to the MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff Championship Match at 4:00 p.m.

Men's Preview

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Gustavus Adolphus College plays host this weekend as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crowns a tournament champion in men’s tennis. The host Gusties captured their 23rd consecutive regular season title and earned the top seed in this weekend’s tournament by going 9-0 in league play. The winner of this weekend’s tournament receives the MIAC’s automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships, which will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California May 24-29.

Gustavus enters the tournament as the top-ranked MIAC team in the central region in sixth place, up three spots from ninth place in the preseason poll. Other MIAC teams ranked in the Central Region include Carleton in 12th (eighth preseason) and St. Thomas in 15th (unranked preseason).

Gustavus’ Amrik Donkena is the 11th ranked men’s singles player in the Central Region and one of two ranked players from the MIAC, as Peter Dunn of Carleton is ranked 13th. For the second straight year, Donkena and Dunn are the two players ranked coming into the MIAC Championships. Only one MIAC doubles team is rated in the top ten in the Central Region, as Gustavus’ Donkena and Patrick Clark are ranked fifth.

Gustavus finished atop the league standings with a perfect record for the 23rd consecutive season, capturing the school’s 40th MIAC title since 1940. Carleton finished second with an 8-1 league mark, followed by St. Thomas (7-2), St. Olaf (6-3), Concordia (4-4) and Hamline (3-6). Concordia and Hamline are the “new” faces in the league playoffs from 2010, taking the spots of Macalester and Bethel and securing the fifth and sixth seeds. Bethel (3-6), Macalester (2-6), Saint John’s (2-7) and Saint Mary’s (0-9) round out the conference standings.

The stage is set for an exciting tournament, as Carleton returns to the playoffs looking to repeat their success from last year, while Gustavus looks to regain the MIAC Playoff Title. The Knights defeated the Gusties 7-2 in the championship match last season.

This year’s tournament will begin at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 6 with both quarterfinal matches on the Brown Outdoor Courts. Play continues Saturday, May 7 with semifinal matches scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the championship match slated for 2:30 p.m. on the Brown Outdoor Courts. In the event of rain, play will be moved to Gustavus’ Swanson Tennis Center. All matches contested outdoors will be played to completion. If weather forces the tournament indoors, matches will be played to decision.

MIAC Men's Playoff Website

Men's Tournament Program

Women's Preview

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ST. PETER, Minn. - Gustavus Adolphus College plays host this weekend as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crowns a tournament champion in women’s tennis. The host Gusties captured their 20th consecutive league title and earned the top seed in this weekend’s tournament by going 10-0 in league play. The winner of this weekend’s tournament receives the MIAC’s automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships, which will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California on May 24-29.

Gustavus and Carleton enter the tournament as the only MIAC teams ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The 16th-ranked Gusties are also the fourth-ranked team in the Central Region, while 20th-ranked Carleton is ranked sixth in the region.

Carleton’s Kathryn Schmidt and Gustavus’ Sam Frank lead the list of ranked players from the MIAC. Schmidt is ranked fourth regionally in singles, while Frank is ranked sixth. In the doubles rankings, Carleton’s Schmidt and Erin Gudul are the third ranked duo in the Central Region, while the pair of Frank and Megan Gaard is ranked behind them in fourth.

Gustavus finished atop the league standings with a perfect record for the 20th consecutive season, capturing the school’s 26th MIAC Title in the process. Carleton finished second with a 9-1 league mark, followed by St. Olaf (8-2), Saint Benedict (7-3), St. Thomas (6-4), and St. Catherine (3-7). St. Catherine makes the MIAC Playoffs for the second time since the MIAC adopted the playoff system in 2007, moving up from seventh place a year ago to grab the sixth seed. Saint Mary’s (3-7), Concordia (3-7), Bethel (3-7), Macalester (2-8), and Hamline (1-9) round out the rest of the league.

This year’s tournament will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 6 with two first-round matches on the Brown Outdoor Courts. #3 St. Olaf will face #6 St. Catherine, while #4 Saint Benedict will face #5 St. Thomas. Play continues Saturday, May 8 with semifinal matches scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the championship match slated for 4:00 p.m. on the Brown Outdoor Courts. On Saturday, #1 seed Gustavus will face the lowest remaining seed, while #2 seed Carleton will face the highest remaining seed. In the event of rain, play will be moved to Gustavus’ Swanson Tennis Center. All matches contested outdoors will be played to completion. If weather forces the tournament indoors, matches will be played to decision.

MIAC Women's Playoff Website

Women's Tournament Program

Schedule Of Events

Men's

Quarterfinals: Friday, May 7, 2010
#5 Concordia vs. #4 St. Olaf, 12:00 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]
#6 Hamline vs. #3 St. Thomas, 12:00 p.m. [Brown Courts #7-12]

Semifinals: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Highest Remaining Seed vs. #2 Carleton, 9:00 a.m. [Brown Courts #7-12]
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. #1 Gustavus, 9:00 a.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]

Championship: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Semifinal Winners, 2:30 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-11]

Women's

Quarterfinals: Friday, May 7, 2010
#5 St. Thomas vs. #4 Saint Benedict, 3:00 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]
#6 St. Catherine vs. #3 St. Olaf, 3:00 p.m. [Brown Courts #7-12]

Semifinals: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Highest Remaining Seed vs. #2 Carleton, 11:30 a.m. [Brown Courts #7-12]
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. #1 Gustavus, 11:30 a.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]

Championship: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Semifinal Winners, 4:00 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]

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