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Saints report: St. Scholastica men's tennis heading to Chicago for NCAA tournament

The Saints play Illinois Institute of Technology on Thursday in Chicago in an NCAA Division III men's tennis first-round meet

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The St. Scholastica men's tennis team learned Monday it will open the 2021 NCAA Division III tournament on Thursday in Chicago against undefeated Illinois Institute of Technology in one of five first-round play-in meets taking place that day.

The Saints, at 10-4 overall this year and in the NCAA tournament for just the second time, earned an automatic berth to this year's tournament by winning its 19th UMAC tournament championship last Friday, beating Wisconsin-Superior. Illinois Tech, at 7-0, also earned an automatic berth by winning the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championship over the weekend.

The winner advances to play Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) on Saturday in the second round.

The Saints are led by a pair of UMAC honorees in coach Wells Patten, who was named UMAC Coach of the Year on Monday for the 18th time, and senior Elliot Schneider, the former Duluth East Greyhound who was named the UMAC Player of the Year on Monday after going 12-0 at No. 1 singles in 2021.

Schneider was also named to the All-UMAC team on Monday along with Saints teammates Jack Kearney and Jake Jolowsky, both of Hibbing. Wisconsin-Superior's Gergo Potz-Nagy, Michael Janes, Andre Luiz-Guedes and Jacob Zacharias were also named to the 13-member all-conference team.

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Two CSS women honored

St. Scholastica's Madilyn Jankila of Evleth and Julia Maier were named to the All-UMAC women's tennis team on Monday.

Maya Callaway and Emily Wald from Wisconsin-Superior were also named to the team, with Callaway taking home UMAC Player of the Year honors .

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