Men’s Tennis Prepared For MIAC Playoffs As No. 1 Seed

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by

MIAC Semifinal:
Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Opponent: Bethel
Location: St. Peter, Minn. | Swanson Tennis Center
Live Coverage: Live Scoring

MIAC Championship:
Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Opponent: Carleton/St. Thomas
Location: St. Peter, Minn. | Swanson Tennis Center
Live Coverage: Live Scoring

ST. PETER, Minn. – The No. 21-ranked Gustavus men’s tennis team is set to host a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff matchup against the No. 4 seed Bethel University on Thursday afternoon at Swanson Tennis Center.

After claiming its 29th straight MIAC title last weekend with a 7-2 victory at the University of St. Thomas, the Gusties remained unbeaten during conference play headline the five-team tournament field. As the No. 1 seed, Gustavus earned a bye to the semifinals and owns home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. No. 2 Carleton College and No. 3 St. Thomas will face each other in the other semifinal matchup. 

About the Gusties: 

  • The Gusties finished the regular season with a 22-8 overall record and went 9-0 during conference play to clinch their 51st MIAC regular season championship in program history.
  • In search of its seventh-straight MIAC Playoff championship, Gustavus has won the postseason title in all but one season since the installation of the playoff tournament in 2007.
  • Two-time MIAC Athlete of the Week Mohanad Alhouni (Jr., Tripoli, Libya) leads Gustavus with a 28-5 singles record at the No. 1 position while also owning a 17-7 record with Patrick Whaling (So., Manikob Sabot, Va.) in the No. 1 doubles spot.
  • Yassine Derbani (Fy., Casablanca, Morocco) has won six-straight singles matches.


About Bethel:

  • Bethel most recently defeated the No. 5 seed Saint John’s University 6-3 on Tuesday in the MIAC quarterfinal matchup. The Royals turned in a regular season MIAC record of 6-3 while going 17-5 overall.
  • They lost just one match during the month of April, closing out the regular season with a 5-1 record.
  • Hunter Fernelius and Kolin Kiekhofer lead Bethel with 19-2 and 19-1 singles records.


About Carleton:

  • The Knights finished the regular season 8-1 during conference play to finish second in the MIAC, while posting a 14-3 overall record.
  • Carleton most recently defeated Macalester College and St. Thomas over the weekend to secure the No. 2 seed for the MIAC Playoffs.
  • Jordon O’Kelly went 4-0 to garner his second MIAC Athlete of the Week honor.


About St. Thomas:

  • The Tommies dropped its final two conferences to finish 7-2 in the MIAC and claim the No. 3 seed for the MIAC Playoffs.
  • Luke Elifson and Marty Beck lead St. Thomas as the ITA doubles champions.
  • Elifson handed Mohanad Alhouni his only singles loss of the season.


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