No. 10-ranked St. Thomas recorded the program's 50th consecutive victory over an MIAC opponent with Saturday's 77-31 defeat of St. Olaf in Northfield.
The Tommies (21-2 overall, 16-0 MIAC) play Wednesday at St. Mary's and is home Feb. 17 to play second-place St. Ben's. They also have won 14 in a row this season, 28 road games in a row, and 32 consecutive February contests.
Ryan Boll scored a game-high 18 points along with five assists and five boards, but the visiting Tommies had a tough day on the glass and lost 66-57 to second-place St. Olaf.
The Tommies (13-10 overall, 11-7 MIAC) are among three teams fighting for the last two playoff spots with Carleton and Gustavus. UST is home for its last two games -- Wednesday vs. St. Mary's and Saturday vs. first-place St. John's.
St. Olaf grabbed 16 offensive rebounds en route to a 45-28 advantage on the boards. UST also went 0-for-4 at the foul line as they fell to 5-9 on the road this season.
Michael Hannon added 12 for the Tommies, who never led. UST forged a 23-23 tie, but the Oles closed the first half on a 13-3 run. The Toms never got closer than four in the second half.
Since losing 84-75 four weeks ago at St. Thomas, the Oles (18-5, 14-4) have won nine in a row.
St. Thomas opened its 2018 men's tennis season with Saturday's 9-0 road win over St. Norbert in DePere, Wis. The Toms also scored a 9-0 victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Senior Ben Wait won a three-set battle at first singles against St. Norbert, 6-7, 6-3, 10-5, and combined with Erich Nuss to win 8-4 at first doubles.
UST Men def. Milwaukee School of Engineering 9-0
#1.) Ben Wait (UST) def. Ryan Runke (MSEO) 6-0, 6-3
#2.) Sterling Sibley (UST) def. Curt Norton (MSEO) 6-2, 6-0
#3.) Nick Vossen (UST) def. Brad Phoenix (MSEO) 6-1, 6-0
#4.) Erich Nuss (UST) def. Connor Splingaire (MSEO) 6-1, 6-2
#5.) James Paradisin (UST) def. Michael Korbert (MSEO) 6-1, 6-0
#6.) Zach LeVene (UST) def. Bryan Roob (MSEO) 6-0, 6-3
#1.) Erich Nuss & Ben Wait (UST) def. Ryan Runke & Brad Phoenix (MSEO) 8-1
#2.) Sterling Sibley & Nick Vossen (UST) def. Curt Norton & Michael Korbert (MSEO) 8-3
#3.) Zach LeVene & Jordan Schenck (UST) def. Connor Splingaire & Bryan Roob (MSEO) 8-2
Saturday, February 10, 2018
UST Men def. St. Norbert College 9-0
#1.) Ben Wait (UST) def. Ben Vande Zande (SNC) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 10-5
#2.) Sterling Sibley (UST) def. Johnny Zanotti (SNC) 6-3, 6-0
#3.) Nick Vossen (UST) def. Robbie Quinlan (SNC) 6-2, 6-4
#4.) Erich Nuss (UST) def. Jordan Crump (SNC) 6-1, 6-2
#5.) James Paradisin (UST) def. Matt LaViolette (SNC) 6-2, 6-4
#6.) Zach LeVene (UST) def. Alex Vandenburg (SNC) 6-1, 6-0
#1.) Erich Nuss & Ben Wait (UST) def. Ben Vande Zande & Robbie Quinlan (SNC) 8-4
#2.) Sterling Sibley & Nick Vossen (UST) def. Zach Simonet & Johnny Zanotti (SNC) 8-3
#3.) James Paradisin & Jordan Schenck (UST) def. Joe Oleniczak & Alex Vandenburg (SNC) 9-8 (7-4)
Senior Kaylee Druk contributed two goals and one assist and No. 10-ranked St. Thomas outshot St. Ben's 47-11 en route to a 6-1 win in St. Cloud. That let the Toms sweep the weekend series.
Rachel Werdin, Alyssa Wallace, Allison Borgstrom and Erika Bjorkman scored the other UST goals.
St. Thomas (15-3-5 overall, 11-1-4 MIAC) has a 14-game MIAC unbeaten streak (10-0-4). That includes five consecutive wins over the last 15 days with a 34-7 margin of victory.
The second-place Tommies finish the season next weekend with two games against first-place Hamline -- Friday night in downtown St. Paul and Saturday afternoon in Mendota Heights. The Toms can win the MIAC title outright with two wins, or win or share the championship with a win and a tie against the Pipers.
St. John's never trailed and pulled off another 4-1 win over St. Thomas Saturday night in Mendota Heights for a key weekend sweep. The Johnnies won by an identical score Friday night on home ice in St. Cloud
The Tommies (16-8-1 overall, 9-4-1 MIAC), who outshot the Johnnies 25-20, dropped into second place in the conference, with two games to play.
SJU (30 points) plays two against Gustavus; UST (28) plays two against Hamline; and Augsburg (27) plays two at Concordia.
Derek Olmschenk scored the lone Tommie goal.