Men’s Tennis NCAA Regional Preview (May 10-12)

Men’s Tennis NCAA Regional Preview (May 10-12)

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's tennis team hosts a six-team NCAA Division III Championship Regional this weekend May 10-12. The Maroons earned a first-round bye and open action on Saturday morning.

 

Match Schedule

Friday, May 10

  • Match 1: Luther College vs. Augustana College, 11:00 AM
  • Match 2: Grinnell College vs. College of St. Scholastica, 2:00 PM

Saturday, May 11

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

Sunday, May 12

  • Match 5: Regional Championship, Noon
 

#2 UChicago Maroons

  • Season record: 17-2 overall / 2-1 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA appearances: 7
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached NCAA Semifinals (2018)
  • Notes: UChicago qualified for its fifth-straight NCAA postseason. The Maroons earned an at-large bid after finishing third at the UAA Championship, which included a 5-1 decision over Washington University - St. Louis … The Maroons own a 9-2 record against top-25 teams this season … UChicago reached the NCAA semifinals in 2015, 2016 and 2018 … Juniors Erik Kerrigan and Ninan Kumar are riding a nine-match winning streak at No. 1 doubles … UChicago's main three doubles pairings possess a combined record of 60-20 … Sophomore Jeremy Yuan and first-year Alex Guzhva are tied for the team lead with 20 singles victories each … The Maroons have won 86 percent of their matches at No. 5 and 6 singles this season … UChicago went 6-1 against teams in this year's tournament field, including victories over WashU, Emory University, Augustana, Kalamazoo College, Illinois Institute of Technology and a loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

 

Augustana Vikings

  • Season Record: 24-6 overall / 7-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
  • NCAA appearances: 2
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached NCAA Second Round (2018)
  • Notes: In last year's NCAA tournament, Augustana won its first-round match 5-2 before losing to UChicago 5-1 in the second round … The Vikings' 24 wins this year is a school record for wins in a season and the previous mark was 22 set by the 2009-10 team … No. 1 doubles team Peter Alex and Sriram Sugumaran set a new school record for wins in a single season by a doubles team with a record of 21-11 … Alex is also one win away from tying the school record for singles victories in a season. He is currently 22-4 and the mark is 23 held by current Viking assistant coach Jack Cullen in 2009-10 … Augustana's first NCAA opponent will be Luther, which is coached by Adam Strand - who fashioned a 107-66 record as the Augustana head coach from 2006 through 2011.

 

Luther Norse

  • Season Record: 18-6 overall / 7-1 American Rivers Conference (ARC)
  • NCAA appearances: 7
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached NCAA Second Round (2011)
  • Notes: Luther's last NCAA tournament experience came in 2011, when they defeated Earlham College 5-0 and then lost to Washington-St. Louis 5-0 … The Norse own a 6-6 record all-time in postseason play … Luther qualified for this year's national tournament by winning the ARC AQ Tournament. The squad defeated Central College 5-0 in the semifinals and then defeated regular-season champions Coe College 5-2 in the championship match … Jake Smith leads the team with a 20-6 singles record, while the doubles tandem of Grant Morton and Brook Norwood are 16-5.

 

#16 Gustavus Adolphus Gusties

  • Season Record: 19-7 overall / 9-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
  • NCAA appearances: 32
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached NCAA Third Round (2018)
  • Notes: Gustavus won its 31st consecutive, and 52nd overall, MIAC regular season championship with a perfect 9-0 record in the conference. The Gusties won their ninth-straight MIAC playoff championship with a 5-1 win over Carleton College … GAC hosted an NCAA regional last year and lost in the third round to Whitman College 5-4 … Patrick Whaling and Chase Johnson earned All-America honors by taking third place at the ITA Oracle Cup in the fall … Johnson leads the team in singles victories at 20-5, playing primarily at No. 2. Whaling and Johnson are 28-5 in doubles … GAC owns a .754 winning percentage in doubles.

 

Grinnell Pioneers

  • Season Record: 25-4 overall / 8-0 Midwest Conference (MWC)
  • NCAA appearances: 13
  • Last NCAA appearance: Reached NCAA Second Round (2018)
  • Notes: Grinnell advanced by winning its 16th Midwest Conference title in-a-row, defeating Cornell College 5-0 and Lawrence University 5-0 … The Pioneers became only the second team in MWC history to win all nine flighted league titles (six singles, three doubles) … Bowen Mince was named MWC Newcomer of the Year. He currently owns a 15-10 singles record and a 24-8 doubles mark playing at the top positions … Grinnell has played seven teams in the postseason field this season, including Illinois Tech (W 8-1), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (L 6-3), Goucher College (L 5-4), Principia College (W 8-1), Stevens Institute (W 5-4), Augustana (L 5-4) and Luther (W 6-3).

 

St. Scholastica Saints

  • Season Record: 14-7 overall / 7-0 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC)
  • NCAA appearances: 1
  • Last NCAA appearance: First Appearance (2019)
  • Notes: St. Scholastica makes its NCAA postseason debut this weekend. They claimed the conference tourney crown over Martin Luther College 9-0 and University of Northwestern 8-1 … The Saints have won 23-straight UMAC regular season titles and 166-consecutive regular season conference dual matches … Serhii Tykhonenko is a three-time UMAC Player of the Year … Elliot Schneider enters the NCAA tournament having won 14-straight singles matches at either the No. 1 or 2 spots … The No. 1 doubles team of Tykhonenko and Rafa Gonzalez have won nine-consecutive matches … St. Scholastica played Luther back on March 2, with the Norse winning the match 7-2. The Saints got wins from Schneider and Gonzalez at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.