Tommies, Royals advance to MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff semifinals

Tommies, Royals advance to MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff semifinals

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) spring postseason opened Wednesday with the MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff quarterfinal matches, and the conference tournaments certainly started on the right foot. 

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No. 4 BETHEL 5, No. 5 ST. CATHERINE 4 | Box Score | 

The Bethel University women's tennis team captured their first-ever MIAC Playoff victory with a thrilling 5-4 win over St. Catherine University Wednesday afternoon. The No. 4-seeded Royals (18-4, 7-3 MIAC), who were hosting the No. 5-seeded Wildcats (11-7, 6-4 MIAC) in their first-ever home postseason match, managed to take two of three points in doubles play and three of six points in singles play for the narrow triumph. As a result, BU will now travel to Northfield Friday afternoon to face top-seeded Carleton at 3:30 p.m.

The Wildcats fell into an early 1-2 deficit after doubles play despite three hard fought matches. Alisha Wiedmeier and Julia Sporer won St. Kate's lone point in dramatic fashion, as they needed a tiebreaker to beat Bethel's Anna Browning and Mattie Kidder 9-8 (7-5). With the score knotted 7-7, Wiedmeier and Sporer broke the Royals No. 2 team to take an 8-7 lead. The two Wildcats needed to hold serve to win the match, but sadly, Browning and Kidder managed to win and force the seven-point tiebreaker. Fortunately, Wiedmeier and Sporer dominated the final seven points, winning 7-4 to take the match 9-8 (7-4).

St. Kate's looked like it was going to add another points in doubles with a win by Jessica Duda and Leah Obert, but sadly, the Royals No. 3 team of Sami Hindt and Mattie Lubben won two break points to take the match by a final score of 8-5. Unfortunately, No. 1 Royal's doubles team of Alicia Knoll and Bri Dorr also hit a bit of a snag, as they fell to Sydney Parkinson and Jill Weintzettel 8-4.  

No. 3 ST. THOMAS 5, No. 6 SAINT MARY's 0 | Box Score |

Third-seed St. Thomas got off to a quick start in Wednesdays match with a 5-0 win over sixth-seed St. Mary's in an MIAC playoff match held at the University of Minnesota Baseline courts. St. Thomas (15-2) moves on to Friday's semifinal match in St. Peter at second-seed Gustavus. That's a rematch of a competition held in St. Paul last Saturday won by the Gusties, 7-2.Paige Becher and Taylor McLeod won in doubles and at Nos. 3-4 single to secure the fifth point for the victory over the Cardinals (12-7)

The Cardinals, who were making their first MIAC Playoff appearance since 2010, closed out the season with a 12-7 overall record—including a 5-5 mark in conference play and sixth-place finish in the regular-season MIAC standings.

With Wednesday's victories No. 4 Bethel advances to the semifinal round where they'll meet top-seeded Carleton in Northfield, Minn. and No. 3 St. Thomas will take on Gustavus in St. Peter, Minn. Both matches will be played on Friday, at 3:30pm


MIAC WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Quarterfinals | Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. |

No. 4 Bethel 5, No. 5 St. Catherine 4 | Box Score
No. 3 St. Thomas 5, No. 6 Saint Mary's 0 | Box Score

Semifinals | Friday, May 5, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. |
No. 4 Bethel at No. 1 Carleton | Location: Northfield, Minn. |
No. 3 St. Thomas at No. 2 Gustavus | Location: St. Peter, Minn. |

Championship | Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1 p.m. |
Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed | Location: TBA |


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