BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Gustavus Adolphus College will once again be the top seed in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's tennis playoffs after winning its unprecedented 31st consecutive regular season crown over the weekend.
The No. 16-ranked Gusties - who have not lost to a conference opponent in 313 straight regular season matches dating back to April 1986 - claimed the program's 52nd overall MIAC crown, along with home-court advantage and a bye to the semifinals. Carleton locked up the two-seed with its victory over Saint John's on Sunday. The Johnnies came out on top of a three-way tie with Macalester and Bethel by virtue of total match victories against the Royals and Scots. SJU will be the No. 3 seed, followed by Macalester at No. 4 and Bethel at No. 5.
The 2019 MIAC Men's Tennis Playoffs are set to begin on Tuesday, April 30 with No. 4 Macalester hosting No. 5 Bethel at Lifetime Fitness in Bloomington at 3:00 p.m. The winner of that match will travel to St. Peter for a showdown with the top-seeded Gusties in the semifinal round on Thursday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. The second semifinal match will feature No. 2 Carleton hosting No. 3 Saint John's in Northfield at 4:00 p.m. Saturday's championship match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the home court of the top remaining seed. Matches will move indoors in the event of inclement weather.
The tournament victor will receive the MIAC Playoff championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament. Gustavus has won 11 of the 12 MIAC Playoff titles since the conference switched to its current postseason structure in 2007. Carleton upset the Gusties in the 2010 championship match to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Knights have reached the title match nine times, with St. Olaf making a pair of appearances and St. Thomas earning runner-up status once.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Men's Tennis Playoffs that will be updated throughout the tournament with scores and statistics. 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.
2019 MIAC MEN'S TENNIS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals | Tuesday, April 30, 2019 |
No. 5 Bethel at No. 4 Macalester | Lifetime Fitness Bloomington | 3:00 p.m. |
Semifinals | Thursday, May 2, 2019 |
No. 4/5 at No. 1 Gustavus | 3:30 p.m. |
No. 3 Saint John's at No. 2 Carleton | 4:00 p.m. |
Championship | Saturday, May 4, 2019 |
Lowest remaining seed at Highest remaining seed | 1:00 p.m. |
|2019 MIAC MEN'S TENNIS PLAYOFFS|
|No. 3||Saint John's||6-3||9-8|