ST. PETER, Minn. – The No. 16-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College men's tennis team defeated Carleton College – ranked No. 38 in the nation – by a margin of 5-1 on Saturday afternoon to win the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Playoff Championship and an automatic berth in the 2019 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. The Playoff title is the ninth in a row for the Gusties, who have now won 12 in program history and will be making the program's 31st appearance in the national tournament since 1983.
Carleton's nationally-ranked tandem of Leo Vithoontien and Jordon O'Kelly pulled off an upset of the Gusties' top team for the second year in a row, defeating Patrick Whaling and Chase Johnson 8-7 (7-5) at No. 1 doubles. That would be the only point the Knights would earn, however, as Yassine Derbani and Nick Aney picked up an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles and Michael O'Neil and Xavier Sanga logged an 8-1 win at the No. 3 spot for Gustavus. Derbani and Aney also picked up singles wins at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, while Indraneel Raut claimed victory at No. 6 singles.
A short awards ceremony followed Sunday's match, as Gustavus was presented with its MIAC Playoff championship plaque. The Gusties also received the Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament. Carleton will now wait to see if the Knights will earn an at-large bid to the Tournament. The complete Tournament bracket will be announced Monday on NCAA.com.
2019 MIAC MEN'S TENNIS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Championship | Saturday, May 4, 2019 |
No. 1 Gustavus 5, No. 2 Carleton 1 | Box Score |
All Playoff information including seedings, scores and recaps can be found on the 2019 MIAC Men's Tennis Playoffs. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.