The top-rated Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis team will face No. 21 Swarthmore College (Pa.) in a NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Team Championship Quarterfinal Wednesday, May 17 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Gustavus (33-4) is making its 7th consecutive trip to the quarterfinal round. Swarthmore (8-10) is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1991.
Gustavus has qualified for 20 NCAA Championships, compiling a 34-23 record in NCAA dual-match play. The Gusties captured both the 1980 and 1982 national titles but have not won a title since the NCAA moved to the dual-match, single-elimination format in 1983. Gustavus has finished second twice (1984, 1990), third twice (2002-03) and fourth four times (1996-97, 2001, 2005) during that span.
This is the first quarterfinal appearance by the Garnet since the brackets were expanded in the early 1990s, the last coming in 1991. Swarthmore is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA field and is 22-21 all-time in NCAA play, winning titles in 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1990, while finishing second in 1989.
The teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament with Gustavus winning both meetings – 6-3 in a 1984 semifinal match and 6-1 in a 1995 first-round match.
The winner of the Gustavus/Swarthmore dual will face either fourth-rated Middlebury or tenth-rated Trinity (Tex.) in a semifinal match Thursday, May 18.
The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee also selected individuals and doubles teams that will compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships. The individual championships include 32 single players and 16 double teams. The singles and doubles championships will be held May 20-22 in Fredericksburg, Va. at the Battleground Athletic Complex hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
Seniors Loren Collins (Dallas, Texas) and Adam Morgan (Barrington, Ill.) are two of 32 individuals selected for the singles draw while Morgan and fellow senior Brett Morse-Karzen (Wilmette, Ill.) are one of 16 doubles tandems selected. The Gustavus doubles team of senior Roy Bryan (Edina, Minn.) and sophomore Andy Bryan (Edina, Minn.) were selected as one of four alternate teams in the doubles competition.
The actual draw for the individual championships will be May 18.