May 13, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins

No. 10 Columbus State 5
No. 23 Northwood (MI) 1

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No. 10-ranked Columbus State Cougars men's tennis team upended No. 23-ranked Northwood (MI) 5-1, Thursday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the 2010 Men's Tennis National Championships, from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The win secures the Cougars a spot in the semifinals, while Northwood (MI) is eliminated from the tournament.

The Cougars started their afternoon by taking 2-of-3 doubles matches from the Timberwolves. The team of Oliver Simonet and Nemanja Djuric tallied the squads' first point of the match with an impressive 8-2 win over Haas and Oliveira at the No. 2 spot. After the No. 1 pair of Peter Kazianschuetz and Frederic Schoelzel made the score 2-0, the Timberwolves No. 3 duo of Filip Cojbasic and Daniel Stomberg cut the lead in half with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

The Cougars, however, did not let the loss trip them up as they as they registered victories in three-straight singles contests to complete the team win. Christophe Noblet turned in the most impressive performance as he ousted his opponent, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. It was soon followed by a 6-1, 6-4 win by Simonet at the No. 3 spot, while Stomberg put the finishing touches on the match with a 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

With the match secured, the remaining contests went unfinished.

The Cougars will now take on top-ranked Valdosta State on Friday, May 14 in NCAA Semifinals action. First serve is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.