Top-seeded Gustavus advanced to the Central-Sub Region championship match with hard-fought 5-2 win over Carthage on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Outdoor Courts on the Gustavus campus in St. Peter, Minn. Gustavus will now face Coe (a 5-2 winner over Carleton on Saturday) at 12:00 pm (noon) on Sunday. The winner will advance to the NCAA Team Championship which will take place at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, May 12-14.
Gustavus started its match by claiming the doubles point with decisive wins at the #1 and #2 positions. Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen defeated Dane Schmidgall and Brad Livingston, 8-4 at #1 and then Loren Collins and Ben Lundell defeated Michael Hicks and Steve Stitzell, 8-1 at #2.
In singles play, Gustavus recorded wins by Loren Collins at #1, Ben Lundell at #3, Jesse Brauer at #4 and Brett Morse-Karzen at #6 to make the final score 5-2.
Gustavus improves to 27-6 overall. With a win over Coe on Sunday, the Gusties would advance to the NCAA Team Finals for the 11th consecutive year.
#1 – Loren Collins (GA) defeated Dane Schmidgall (CAR) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
#2 – Brad Livingston (CAR) defeated Adam Morgan (GA) 6-3, 6-2
#3 – Ben Lundell (GA) defeated Steve Stitzell (CAR) 6-2, 6-0
#4 – Jesse Brauer (GA) defeated Alex Donkor (CAR) 6-0, 7-5
#5 – Michael Hicks (CAR) defeated Teddy Nassif (GA) 6-2, 6-1
#6 – Brett Morse-Karzen (GA) defeated Tres Heimann (CAR) 6-1, 6-4
#1 – Morgan/Morse-Karzen (GA) defeated Schmidgall/Livingston (CAR) 8-4
#2 – Collins/Lundell (GA) vs. Hicks/Steve Stitzell (CAR) 8-1
#3 – Kyle Anderson/Brauer (GA) vs. Donkor/Zach Newhouse (CAR) Did Not Finish