Knights, Royals set for MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff title match

Bethel vs. Carleton

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's tennis playoff championship match will feature a pair of nationally-ranked programs, as No. 27 Carleton College will host No. 38 Bethel University after the Knights and Royals picked up semifinal victories on Friday night.

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Carleton punched its ticket back to the MIAC title match with a 5-2 win versus St. Thomas on Friday. The Knights took two out of three in doubles play and added three more wins in singles action to seize the match. Madeline Prins and Kristina Conrad lived up to their nationally-ranked billing with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, while Elizabeth Yim and Sonya Romanenko teamed up for an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles. Paige and Taylor McLeod snagged a point for the Tommies with an 8-5 win at the No. 2 doubles spot. In singles action, Jeanny Zhang collected a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2, while Prins locked up No. 4 singles and Yim won at No. 6 to give the Knights the edge. Taylor Jackson earned a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 5 singles for St. Thomas. With the win, the Knights are headed back to the MIAC title match for the fourth consecutive season and will be looking to claim the program's first playoff championship since 2014.

The Bethel Royals are headed to the MIAC Playoff championship match for the first time in program history after upsetting the nation's 32nd-ranked team, Gustavus Adolphus, by a margin of 5-3 on Friday afternoon. A pair of comeback victories in doubles play propelled the No. 38-ranked Royals into the lead before a trio of singles triumphs secured the victory over the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The nationally-ranked tandem of Grace and Maggie Riermann rallied to defeat Bri Hartmann and Ginger Valentine at the top doubles spot, 8-7 (7-2), while Mackenzie Novak and Jill Weinzettel defeated Simona Potockova and Hannah Borgh, 8-7 (7-5). The Gusties' lone doubles point came from Anna Stutz and Lilly Hartman, who picked up an 8-6 win at the No. 3 spot. In singles play, the Gusties got wins from Ginger Valentine at No. 2 and Stutz in the fifth spot; however, Bethel picked up points from Weinzettel at No. 4 and Meghan Schuler at No. 6 before Mackenzie Novak secured the game-winning point at No. 3 singles. The win gives Bethel 20 victories in a season for the first time in program history.

The Knights and Royals will now square off in the 2019 MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff Championship, tentatively scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Northfield on Sunday, weather permitting. Carleton is undefeated in Conference play this season and ranked No. 27 in the nation, while the Royals are No. 38 with an 8-2 mark in the MIAC. Carleton defeated Bethel, 7-2, in the squads' regular season match on April 14.


Quarterfinals | Wednesday, May 1, 2019 |
No. 3 Bethel 5, No. 6 St. Olaf 0 | Box Score | Recap |
No. 4 St. Thomas 5, No. 5 Saint Mary's 0 | Box Score | Recap |

Semifinals | Friday, May 3, 2019 |
No. 1 Carleton 5, No. 4 St. Thomas 2 | Box Score |
No. 3 Bethel 5, No. 2 Gustavus 3 | Box Score |

Championship | Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. |
No. 3 Bethel at No. 1 Carleton

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