GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
- No. 22-ranked Aquinas
will battle Northwestern Ohio
for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
(WHAC) Men's Tennis title while Davenport
will face UNOH for the women's crown.
Top-seeded Davenport jumped to the early lead on the women's side, sweeping the doubles contests from the fourth seed, Cornerstone
. The Panthers won the No. 1 and No. 3 singles to finish the match.
As the tournament's No. 2 seed, UNOH's women needed all nine sets to defeat third-seeded Aquinas, 5-4. Aquinas captured the top two spots in doubles, but UNOH made up ground in the singles competition, winning the No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 spots.
Davenport and UNOH play at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the title. Cornerstone and Aquinas will play for third place. The top three teams will represent the WHAC in the NAIA assigned group for a chance to advance to nationals.
On the men's side, top-seeded Aquinas posted a 5-0 victory over fourth-seeded Indiana Tech in the first semifinal match. The Saints dropped just eight games in the matches that finished. No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 singles were not completed.
In the other semifinal, second-seeded UNOH needed eight of the nine matches to defeat Davenport 5-3. UNOH took both the #1 and #2 doubles, but Eric Pell and Tyler Chambers bested Emin Alpan and Sam Rutter 9-8 to win the No. 3 doubles for Davenport. The only match to not be completed was the No. 6 singles.
Aquinas and UNOH will play for the conference tournament championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday while Davenport and Tech will battle for third place. The top three teams will represent the conference in the assigned NAIA grouping.