Concordia (N.Y.) rallies to move on
ALATAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Concordia (N.Y.) advanced to the national quarterfinals as it defeated Hawaii Pacific 5-4 in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Clippers earned the first point as they won the third doubles flight with Andreas Lindell and David Tisserandon court. After an early break point that gave the Clipper pair an edge to go up 4-2, Lindell and Tisserand had a bit of a scare as Hawaii Pacific broke them back to bring the score to 6-5. Lindell and Tisserand then posted one last push as they were able to gain the break back and finish the match with an 8-5 win.
Geza Bazula and Tamas Dobrotka, at No. 2 doubles, trailed 4-2 early and eventually fell 8-5. Andrey Boldarev and Daniele Piludu, hitting at the No. 1 doubles flight, found a break early as they went up 3-1. The Clipper trailed 6-4 and eventually fell 8-6.
After the Clippers headed into the singles matches down 2-1, Bazula was the first off the court but unfortunately struggled throughout his match at No. 3 singles. Bazula fell hard in the first set 6-1 and then was broken twice early on in the second as he dropped the set 6-3 to put Hawaii Pacific up 3-1.
The Clippers gained a point back as Tisserand, at the No. 4 singles flight, had a quick match. Tisserand won 6-2 then surged ahead in the second for another 6-2 win. Tamas Dobrotka tied the team match, taking the first set 7-5 before earning a 6-3 second set victory. Piludu, hitting at the No. 2 singles flight, then lost 7-5, 6-4, putting the Clippers behind 4-3 and leaving Hawaii Pacific just one match win away from advancing.
At the No. 6 position, Andreas Lindell was on serve through his first set at 4-3 before earning the break to take the set 6-3. He was broken at 5-5 in the second to force a third set where he held serve to move forward, taking the third set by a 6-3 score and tying the match at 4-4.
Boldarev held the key point at No. 1 singles. On serve in the first set 5-4, he fell 7-5 but came back strong, leading 4-1 before sending the match into a third set with 6-1 victory. With momentum on his side, Boldarev continued playing well as he was on serve through 2-2. Two service breaks later and Boldarev was in charge of the match with the third set score of 6-2, giving the Clippers the fifth team point and sending them back to the national quarterfinals.