Men’s Tennis NCAA Regional Preview (May 12-14)

Men’s Tennis NCAA Regional Preview (May 12-14)

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's tennis team heads north for a six-team NCAA Regional this weekend, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College. The Maroons received a first-round bye and open action on Saturday afternoon.



Match Schedule

Friday, May 12

  • Match 1: Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. Concordia (Wis.), 10:00 AM
  • Match 2: Coe vs. Grinnell, 2:00 PM

Saturday, May 13

  • Match 3: Gustavus Adolphus vs. Match 1 Winner, 10:00 AM
  • Match 4: UChicago vs. Match 2 Winner, 2:00 PM

Sunday, May 14

  • Match 5: Regional Championship, 12:00 PM

#6 UChicago Maroons

  • Season record: 17-4 overall / 2-1 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA appearances: 5
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached Semifinals (2016)
  • Notes: The Maroons qualified for the NCAA postseason via a Pool C at-large bid for the third-straight season. UChicago took third place at the UAA Championship, which included a 6-3 win over No. 7-ranked Carnegie Mellon University … Three Maroons earned individual invites into the national singles and doubles draws of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tennis Championships on Wednesday. Junior Nicolas Chua earned his third-straight bid to the singles tournament and is joined by freshman teammate Erik Kerrigan. Freshman Ninan Kumar and Kerrigan were selected as a doubles team as well … UChicago has won 79.3 percent of its doubles matches and 77.2 percent of its singles bouts this season. Kerrigan and junior Peter Leung are tied for the best records on the team with 18-3 marks in singles. Kerrigan has moved up from No. 6 singles all the way to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and is currently riding a seven-match win streak … The Maroons haven't lost to a team ranked outside of the top 10 since March 2014.

#35 Coe College Kohawks

  • Season record: 25-5 overall / 8-0 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC)
  • NCAA appearances: 13
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached Second Round (2016)
  • Notes: The Kohawks captured the IIAC automatic qualifier for the sixth-straight season, which included a 5-2 win over Luther College in the final … During the IIAC tournament, junior Brady Anderson earned the 150th win of his career. He was also picked to the singles draw for the NCAA individual championships for the second-straight year. Anderson owns a 26-4 singles record and is riding a 10-match winning streak … Freshman Nate Greiner has won 11-straight matches to improve his singles record to 13-4. Senior Alex Bernt is second on the team in wins at 23-8 while senior James McManus is third at 20-6 … UChicago last faced Coe in January and topped the Kohawks 8-1 and 9-0 in the double dual … Last season, Coe advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on a bye before losing 5-2 to Gustavus Adolphus.

Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons

  • Season record: 20-6 overall / 7-1 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC)
  • NCAA appearances: 5
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached First Round (2013)
  • Notes: The Falcons tallied a pair of 5-0 decisions at the NACC Tournament to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAAs. In their previous national appearance in 2013, Concordia Wisconsin lost 5-0 to Ohio Northern University … CUW set a program record for wins in a season with 20, breaking the previous record of 18, which was set in 2016 … The Falcons have swept their past four opponents by a combined score of 28-0 … CUW has six players with double-digit win totals in singles. Freshman Gabe Binversie leads the team with an 18-6 mark, followed by junior Brad Guendel at 15-7 and sophomore Christian Docter at 14-11. In doubles, the duo of Docter and junior Ceejay Schaffner is 19-6 while the tandem of junior James Forster and Guendel resides at 18-9.

Grinnell College Pioneers

  • Season record: 18-9 overall / 8-0 Midwest Conference (MWC)
  • NCAA appearances: 11
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached Second Round (2016)
  • Notes: The Pioneers won their 14th-straight Midwest Conference title with a 5-3 win over Lake Forest College. Grinnell has won its last 135 matches against league opponents dating back to 2012 … In the 2016 postseason, Grinnell shutout Edgewood College 5-0 in the first round before absorbing a 5-0 defeat against Washington University-St. Louis in the second round … UChicago and Grinnell previously faced off in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Championship. The Maroons won the match 5-2 for their first postseason victory in program history … Ben Cobin is 20-3 overall for the season in singles, which includes undefeated records in the number two, three, four and five spots. Cobin is riding a nine-match win streak. Cole Miller is 21-7 for the season and is 13-3 in the number one spot. He has won eight-straight matches. The Ben Cobin/Will Hamilton doubles team is 16-10 for the season while the Cole Miller/ Tommy Pitcher tandem is 12-6.

#21 Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties

  • Season record: 24-8 overall / 9-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
  • NCAA appearances: 30
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached Third Round (2016)
  • Notes: The Gusties defeated the University of St. Thomas 5-1 to claim their seventh-consecutive MIAC Playoff Championship. They also clinched their 51st MIAC regular season title with an undefeated record … In the 2016 postseason, Gustavus Adolphus earned a first-round bye and defeated Coe 5-2 in the second round. The Gusties then lost to host UChicago 5-2 in the third round … Gustavus defeated NCAA Regional opponents Coe (8-1), Grinnell (9-0) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (8-1) during the regular season … The Maroons last faced Gustavus Adolphus in April and came away with a 6-3 win. Doubles play got UChicago off on the right foot with a 3-0 sweep … Junior Mohanad Alhouni leads Gustavus with a 32-5 singles record at the No. 1 position while also owning a 20-7 record with sophomore Patrick Whaling in the No. 1 doubles spot. Alhouni and Whaling were selected to the NCAA Individual Championships, with Alhouni in the singles draw and teaming up with Whaling in doubles. Freshman Yassine Derbani (21-8) and sophomore Chase Johnson (23-9) also boast more than 20 singles wins for the season.


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks

  • Season record: 14-11 overall
  • NCAA appearances: 11
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached Round of 16 (2016)
  • Notes: The Warhawks received a Pool B at-large bid into the NCAA Championship field. This will be their 11th-consecutive postseason appearance … In the 2016 NCAAs, Wisconsin-Whitewater reached the Round of 16 after beating Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by a 5-1 margin. The Warhawks then lost to host Washington-St. Louis 5-3 … UChicago last faced Wisconsin-Whitewater in April and the Maroons rolled to a 9-0 win … Freshman Lucas Monterroso leads the team in singles wins with a 17-10 record. Freshman Zach Wood has also had a productive season going 16-10 overall. Wood and sophomore Rory Calabria own a doubles mark of 15-7 playing primarily at No. 2.