A 5-4 win at Bethel University moves the Hamline University men's tennis team into sixth place in the conference standings with a pair of matches to play, putting the Pipers in place to make their first tournament appearance since the conference switched to the current format.
The MIAC moved to the six-team tournament for the 2007 season.
Hamline held a 2-1 advantage after doubles. David Croonquist and Bernard Mitambo at first doubles, as well as Kyle Helgemoe and Robert Becker at second doubles, won their matches. Croonquist and Mitambo cruised to an 8-3 victory while Helgemoe and Becker pulled out the 8-5 win.
In singles, Hamline took the wins at the third through fifth positions for the team match victory.
Mitambo and Helgemoe completed their sweep for the day as Mitambo easily won at third singles, 6-2, 6-0. Helgemoe then pulled out the super-breaker win, 2-6, 6-2, 11-9.
Sam Teitelbaum won at fifth singles, 6-2, 6-0.
Croonquist also had a close match at first singles, falling in a super-breaker, 2-6, 7-5, 8-10.
Hamline is now 8-8, 3-4 MIAC while the Royals are 7-9, 2-5 MIAC. The Pipers play their last two matches at home, starting by taking on Carleton on Friday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m.