The Gustavus Adolphus College men’s tennis team will compete in the 2005 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships on May 18-20 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Gusties (27-4) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championships in Santa Cruz for the 12th consecutive year by defeating Carthage 5-2 in the Central Sub-Region championship match in St. Peter on May 7. The individual singles and doubles championships will be held May 21-23.
Trinity University will be Gustavus’ first round opponent at 9 a.m. on May 18. They are 18-7 this season, and the only time the Gusties caught a glimpse of Trinity this season was at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association 2005 Men’s Division III Indoor Team Championship hosted at Gustavus. Trinity lost to UC-Santa Cruz in the first round of the tournament and finished the tournament in fifth place, while Gustavus claimed third place honors after losing 4-3 to Emory in the semifinals.
Coach Steve Wilkinson said of this year’s NCAA Team Championships, “If we are to get past Trinity, the favorite in our half of the bracket is Middlebury. The favorites on the other half of the brackets are Emory and Santa Cruz.”
Gustavus advanced as a team to the NCAA quarterfinals, and it also had two individuals and one doubles team qualify. Ben Lundell and Adam Morgan qualified individually for the Gusties, while Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen advanced in doubles play. The individual and double pairings are undetermined at this time.
#1 – Ben Lundell *
#2 – Adam Morgan *
#3 – Jesse Brauer
#4 – Andy Bryan
#5 – Roy Bryan
#6 – Brett Morse-Karzen
#1 – Adam Morgan/Brett Morse-Karzen *
#2 – Ben Lundell/Jesse Brauer
#3 — Andy Bryan/Roy Bryan
* Denotes individual singles and doubles qualifiers