May 14, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The top-ranked Valdosta State Blazers' men's tennis team defeated No. 10 -ranked Columbus State 5-0, Friday afternoon in semifinal action of the 2010 Men's Tennis National Championships, from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The win secures the Blazers a spot in the NCAA finals, while Columbus State is eliminated from tournament play. VSU is seeking their first title since 2006 and are playing in their 16th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA's.

It was another impressive performance by the top-ranked Blazers, as they kept the nationally-ranked Cougars at bay for much of the doubles portion. Philip Pakebusch and Michael Kuech tallied the first point of the match with a 8-4 victory over Suarez and Noblet at No. 1 doubles. Otto Lenhart and Frank Sickman matched their teammates' efforts at No. 3 doubles with a convincing 8-4 victory over the duo of Cojbasic and Stomberg. Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen put the finishing touches on doubles with an 8-5 win in the No. 2 slot over Simonet and Djuric.

With the Blazers controlling the pace of play, Dueren breezed his way to a straight sets sweep of Motivar at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Shortly after, Pakebusch took down his opponent at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1, solidifying the Blazers' right to compete for the national crown.

With VSU securing the necessary five points, the remaining contests went unfinished.

The win pushes the Blazers into the NCAA Championship Final where they will take on the winner of Barry University and Concordia (NY) on Saturday, May 15. First serve for the national title is set for 9:00 a.m. at the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.