National Collegiate Athletic Association
2014 Division III Men's Tennis Regional
Hosted by Gustavus Adophus College
Trinity Advances To NCAA Quarterfinals With 5-3 Victory Over Gustavus
St. Peter, Minn. – The Trinity University men’s tennis team was able to hold off a surging Gustavus Adolphus College squad to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 5-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex. After taking two points in doubles, Trinity extended its lead to 4-1 with two quick singles wins. Gustavus came roaring back with two points, cutting the lead to 4-3. The Tigers buckled down at that point and picked up the decision thanks to a 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-0) win by Paxton Deuel over Juan Luis Chu at No. 1 singles.
Trinity improves to 23-6 with the victory, while Gustavus sees its season come to an end with an overall record of 29-6.
In doubles, Trinity’s Charlie Curtis and Clayton Neiss picked up the match’s first point with an 8-5 win over Marcel Gyswyt and Andres Saenz Hoyo at No. 3. Gustavus tied the match at 1-1 when Mya Smith Dennis and Motasem Al-Houni topped Paxton Deuel and Nicolas Moreno 8-5 at the top position. Jordan Mayer and Greg Haugen gave the Tigers the final doubles point with a 9-7 (7-0) victory over Joey MacGibbon and Juan Luis Chu at No. 2
Trinity picked up fast wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles to come a point within decision up 4-1. Aaron Skinner beat Grant Leisner 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4, and Jordan Mayer followed with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Al-Houni at No. 5.
The Gusties responded with wins at No. 3 and No. 6 to cut the lead to 4-3. MacGibbon got Gustavus back on track with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win over Moreno at No. 3, and Brad Entwistle earned the team’s third point with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Charlie Curtis at No. 6.
The Tigers were able to put an end to any comeback hopes with a match-clinching victory at No. 1. Deuel controlled the tiebreakers in both the first and second set, defeating Chu 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-0) to hand Trinity the match.
The Trinity University men’s tennis team advances to the site of the NCAA Division III Championships being held at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California on May 19-24. The team competition will take place May 19-21.
NCAA Regional Final Set, Trinity To Face Gustavus
St. Peter, Minn. – The finals for the NCAA Regional being held on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College is set after a busy day of tennis at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex and Swanson Tennis Center. Second round action began with Gustavus advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to a 5-0 victory over UW-Whitewater in a match contested on the Brown Outdoor Courts. Later inside the Swanson Tennis Center, top-seeded Trinity University defeated Grinnell College 5-0 to advance to the regional final.
Host Gustavus will face Trinity in the regional championship on Sunday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex. If inclement weather occurs, the match will be moved indoors into the adjacent Swanson Tennis Center.
In the Gustavus versus UW-Whitewater match early in the day, the Gusties picked up all three doubles points and earned it’s match-clinching singles wins via Brad Entwistle and Joey MacGibbon..
Mya Smith-Dennis and Motasem Al-Houni defeated Jake Humphreys and Byron Balkin 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, Marcel Gyswyt and Andres Saenz Hoyo edged Ben Shklyar and Martin Beck 8-6 at No. 3, and Joey MacGibbon and Juan Luis Chu completed the sweet with a 9-7 win over Ben Shklyar and Martin Beck at No. 2.
In singles, Brad Entwistle put Gustavus on top 4-0 with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Cam Laktash at No. 6. MacGibbon then gave Gustavus the decision with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Balkin at No. 3.
Trinity earned a trip to the third round after sweeping doubles and picking up wins from singles players Paxton Deuel and Aaron Skinner.
In doubles, Deuel and Nicolas Moreno defeated Elliot Czarnecki and Tommy Pitcher 8-2 at No. 1, Jordan Mayer and Greg Haugen topped Tracy Johnson and Emilio Gomez 8-2 at No. 2, and Charlie Curtis and Clayton Neiss brought the score to 3-0 with an 8-5 win over Cole Miller and C.J. Ray at No. 3.
Deuel defeated Czarnecki 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Skinner beat Pitcher 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 to give the Tigers the 5-0 decision.
The Trinity versus Gustavus final set for tomorrow afternoon will be a rematch of last season’s regional championship held in Whitewater, Wis. The Tigers came away with a 5-2 victory in that meeting, earning a trip to NCAA Quarterfinals where their season came to an end with a 5-1 los to Williams.
Grinnell Advances To Second Round With 5-0 Win Over Wisconsin Lutheran
St. Peter, Minn. – The Grinnell College men’s tennis team earned a trip to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament with a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday afternoon in the Swanson Tennis Center. Grinnell improves to 32-5 overall, while Wisconsin Lutheran finishes its season 10-3.
Grinnell took a 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles competition. Cole Miller and C.J. Ray made fast work of Jeremy Vanderhyde and David Parez 8-0 at No. 3 doubles to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Elliott Czarnecki and Tommy Pitcher then defeated Lee Johnson and Zach Birner 8-3 at No. 1 to extend the lead to 2-0, and Emilio Gomez and Tracy Johnson topped Derek Sallmann and Ryan Sallman 8-4 at No. 2 to complete the sweep.
In singles, Grinnell’s Tracy Johnson defeated Adam Breister 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 to put the Pioneers within a point up 4-0. Charlie Wilhelm gave Grinnell the 5-0 decision with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jeremy Vanderhyde at No. 6.
Thanks to their first round victory, the Pioneers advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will face Trinity University on Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Gustavus Selected To Host NCAA Regional This Weekend
Indianapolis - The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee has selected the field of teams that will complete for the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship. The Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis team is one of 44 participants in this year’s tournament, receiving the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s automatic berth after winning the MIAC Playoff Championship last Sunday in St. Peter, Minn.
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, May 9-11. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges will host the team championships finals, which will be held May 19-21 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 7.
Gustavus Adolphus College has also been selected as the host site of one of eight regional tournaments spanning the country. Gustavus welcomes Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, UW-Whitewater (Whitewater, Wis.) of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) of the Midwest Conference, and Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee, Wis.) of the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference to St. Peter for first, second, and third round action taking place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The championships provide for a 44-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 32 conference champions, which form "Pool A." Five teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining seven 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.
At 22-6 overall, Trinity heads into the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed in the Gustavus regional. The Tigers will face the winner of a first round matchup between the Grinnell Pioneers (31-5) and the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors (10-2) scheduled to be played on Friday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 10, host Gustavus will battle the UW-Whitewater Warhawks (20-7) at 11:00 a.m. followed by Trinity’s match later at 3:00 p.m. The second round winners will meet in the regional final set for Sunday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m.
The Gustavus men’s tennis team is hosting the NCAA Regional at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex for the first time since 2011. Trinity claimed the regional title that season via a 5-2 victory over the University of Chicago on May 15.