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BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Seventh-ranked Concordia (N.Y.) captured the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship on Sunday afternoon. The top-seeded Clippers, who won their third consecutive CACC title, took a 5-1 victory against the No. 3 seed Rams of Philadelphia.

The Clippers took an early 2-0 lead after Daniele Piludu and Geza Bazula won their No. 1 doubles match won 8-1 and the No. 3 doubles duo of Ricardo Frey and Jason Quintana were victorious by the same margin. The No. 2 doubles match involving Concordia's David Tisserand and Andreas Lindell would go down to the wire.

Philadelphia led 6-4 in the second doubles match as the Clippers came back to take a 7-6 lead. The Rams tied the score at 7-7 and then at 8-8 as Philadelphia looked for the set victory. In the tiebreaker, the Rams edged Concordia 8-6 to win the set 9-8(6) as the Clippers' streak of consecutive sets won in CACC play was snapped at 181.

In singles, Concordia would be in control to finish the match. Tomasz Olfans' No. 3 match would be the first to conclude with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against his opponent. Minutes later Tisserand took a 6-0, 6-2 win in his No. 2 match as the Clippers took a 4-1 lead.

With all eyes on the No. 1 match of Piludu, his victory would seal the championship for Concordia. He took the first set 6-2 and calmly finished off his opponent 6-3 to give the Clippers the victory.