2010 MIAC Men's And Women's Tennis Championship

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Carleton Men's Tennis Wins MIAC Playoff Championship

The Carleton men's tennis team captured the MIAC Playoff Crown on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter, Minn by. defeating Gustavus 7-2 in the championship match. Carleton defeated Bethel 6-3 in the semifinals earlier in the day to advance to the championship match. The Gusties advanced to the finals against the Knights with a 9-0 win over Macalester. Carleton enters the NCAA Regional Championship with an overall record of 19-3.

Gustavus Women's Tennis Wins MIAC Playoff Championship

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The Gustavus women's tennis team captured the MIAC Playoff Crown on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter, Minn by. defeating St. Olaf 5-0 in the championship match. Gustavus defeated Saint Benedict 5-0 in the semifinals earlier in the day to advance to the championship match. The Gusties have now won four straight MIAC Playoff Titles. The Gustavus women's tennis team will enter the NCAA Regional Championships with an overall record of 31-10.

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Men's and Women's MIAC Semifinals Set

Both the men's and the women's MIAC Playoff Semifinals are set after Friday's quarterfinal matches in the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. On the men's side, Bethel knocked off St. Olaf in a tightly contested 5-4 victory, as Macalester upset St. Thomas 5-4 to advance to Saturday's MIAC Semifinals. On the women's side, Saint Benedict cruised past St. Thomas 5-0, while St. Olaf defeated Saint Mary's 5-0.

The Gustavus men's tennis team will face Macalester, while Carleton will take on Bethel. Both matches are set for an 11:30 a.m. start time. The winners of the semifinal matches will advance to the MIAC Men's Tennis Playoff Championship Match at 4:00 p.m.

The Gustavus women's tennis team will face Saint Benedict in the semis, as Carleton will go against St. Olaf. Both matches are set for 9:00 a.m. The winners of the semifinal matches will advance to the MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff Championship Match at 4:00 p.m.

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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 22nd consecutive league 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 2010 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships, which will be hosted by Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio on May 25-30.

Gustavus enters the tournament as the only MIAC team ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The 28th ranked Gusties are also the sixth-ranked team in the Central Region, improving two spots from the eighth spot in the final rankings of the fall. Gustavus finished eighth at the ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships this year in a field that contained six of the nation’s top ten NCAA Division III teams. Carleton enters the weekend ranked seventh in the Central Region, down from the fifth spot in the ITA’s final fall rankings.

Gustavus’ Amrik Donkena is the 11th ranked men’s singles player in the Central Region and one of two ranked player from the MIAC as Peter Dunn of Carleton is ranked 22nd. Only one MIAC doubles team is rated in the top-10 in the Central Region, as Gustavus’ Amrik Donkena and Tyler Johnson are ranked sixth.

Gustavus finished atop the league standings with a perfect record for the 22nd consecutive season, capturing the school’s 39th MIAC title since 1940. Carleton finished second with an 8-1 league mark, followed by St. Thomas (7-2), Bethel (5-4), St. Olaf (4-5), and Macalester (4-5). Macalester is the only “new” face in the league playoffs from 2009, taking the spot of Saint John’s and securing the sixth seed. The Scots finished 10-11 overall, 3-6 in the MIAC a year ago, but enter the 2010 MIAC Tournament with a 12-7 record overall and a 4-5 mark in the conference. Saint John’s (3-6), Concordia (3-6), Hamline (1-8), and Saint Mary’s (1-8) round out the standings.

This year’s tournament will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 7 with both quarterfinal matches on the Brown Outdoor Courts. Play continues Saturday, May 8 with semifinal matches scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the championship match slated for 4 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.

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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 19th 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 2010 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships, which will behosted by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 25-30.

Gustavus enters the tournament as the only MIAC team ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The eighth-ranked Gusties are also the third-ranked team in the Central Region. Carleton is ranked ninth in the region.

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

Gustavus finished atop the league standings with a perfect record for the 19th consecutive season, capturing the school’s 25th MIAC title in the process. Carleton finished second with a 9-1 league mark, followed by St. Olaf (8-2), St. Thomas (7-3), Saint Benedict (6-4), and Saint Mary’s (4-6). Saint Mary’s makes the MIAC Playoffs for the second time since the MIAC adopted the playoff system in 2007, moving up from eighth place a year ago to grab the sixth seed. St. Catherine (4-6), Macalester (3-7), Concordia (3-7), Hamline (1-9), and Bethel (0-10) round out the standings.

This year’s tournament will begin at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 7 with two quarterfinal matches on the Brown Outdoor Courts. #5 Saint Benedict will face #4 St. Thomas, while #3 St. Olaf will face #6 Saint Mary’s. Play continues Saturday, May 8 with semifinal matches scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the championship match slated for 2:30 p.m. on the Brown Outdoor Courts. On Saturday, the #1 seed Gusties will face the lowest remaining seed, while the #2 seed Knights, 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.

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Schedule Of Events

Men's

Quarterfinals: Friday, May 7, 2010
#4 Bethel vs. #5 St. Olaf, 3 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]
#6 Macalester vs. #3 St. Thomas, 3 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 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-11]

Women's

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

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

Championship: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Semifinal Winners, 2:30 p.m. [Brown Courts #1-6]

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