St. Scholastica takes UMAC
Saints avenge last year's championship loss to Northwestern
MINNEAPOLIS -- Last year, St. Scholastica fell by one point to Northwestern in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) tournament. The Saints defeated the Eagles 5-4 at the Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday to reclaim the title.
The Eagles had the lead after doubles play, winning at both the No. 1 and 2 spots. The lone CSS doubles team to win was the No. 3 team of Tyler Bates and Cullen Combs by an 8-4 score.
In singles, Jacob Engelstad won at the No. 1 spot in a third set super-breaker 6-3, 5-7, (10-7). Engelstad finishes his CSS career with a 61-36 singles record and 54-38 doubles mark, both of which are program records.
CSS dropped both matches at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, including senior Brian Lindberg falling in a close super-breaker at No. 3.
St. Scholastica's depth proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome. Dylan Kelly won in straight sets at the No. 4 spot 6-3, 6-3. At the No. 5 spot, senior Kevin Hilpert won his final match by scores of 6-4, 6-2. Hilpert finishes with 52 career singles wins and 39 doubles victories. The 52 singles wins are the third-most in program history. The final winner for the Saints was Nick Lambrecht at No. 6 by scores of 6-3, 6-3.
The Saints (18-7) win their 12th UMAC championship and their fifth in the last six seasons. CSS finished with a program record 18 dual-match victories and 98 singles wins.