Yellowjacket men’s tennis team earns first-ever NCAA-Tournament berth

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 6:50 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - For the first time in their short five-year history, the UW-Superior men’s tennis team has earned a trip to the DIII NCAA Tournament.

The Yellowjackets earned a comeback win over Northwestern to claim the UMAC Tournament title over the weekend. St. Scholastica had won 19 of the last conference titles, but the Saints moved to the MIAC this season.

Since that move, the Yellowjackets claimed the regular-season title and seized their moment.

“This group is different just because of the support we’ve all kind of built. You know we’re all so close, and we just built such a great atmosphere for all of us. It’s just a great team to be a part of, and the coaching staff we have here also created that supportive ring,” said sophomore Michael Janes, who plays no. 1 singles for UWS.

“Working with these guys for the last couple years it’s just been an amazing experience and one that I’ll probably never forget.”

It’s also a special moment for third-year head coach CeeJay Schaffner, as they prepare to take on his former team to open the NCAA Tournament. The Yellowjackets drew a first-round matchup with North Central at UChicago on Thursday.

“We’ve already jumped on Facetime and chatted a little bit, it’s kind of fun to see everything go full circle and just be playing against such a respectable team. A few of them were first years when I was there, so it’s a really good group of guys and incredible coaching staff, and we’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Schaffner.

For the full NCAA DIII men’s tennis bracket, click here.

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