ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Radford captured its fifth Big South championship in the last six years with a 4-0 victory against seventh-seeded Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club South.
In addition to hitting the 20-win plateau for the fifth time in school history, the Highlanders earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
“Hats off to Presbyterian for the tremendous run they made,” six-time Big South Coach of the Year Mike Anderson said. “I’m extremely proud of our team and the way they competed in a near flawless final. We’ll continue to work hard to get better each day as we await our opponent in the NCAA Regional.”
For the third consecutive day, Radford (20-5) took the early 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles competition. Not long after the all-conference duo of Nicholas Sayer and Thomas Dehaen recorded an 8-6 decision on court one, Joe Mills and Patrick O’Keefe secured the team point with an 8-4 victory over Nathan Crocker and Edward Snead.
As he’s done often throughout his brief career, Stijn Meulemans put the first singles point on the board and extended the Highlanders’ lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against William O’Connell at the No. 3 spot.
Shortly after Dehaen put Radford one win away from its second consecutive tournament crown, Igor Ogrizek clinched championship point with a straight-set triumph against Rafael Berghaus on court two.
Since 2006, the Highlanders have won 58 of their last 64 against league competition, which includes a 17-3 mark in tournament matches.