Augusta State downs Lander
Bearcats avenge loss eight days earlier in Peach Belt title
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta State registered a 5-3 victory against ninth-ranked Lander on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Eight days after the third-seeded Bearcats eliminated ASU from the Peach Belt Championships in Greenwood, S.C., the sixth-seeded Jaguars exacted revenge to advance to Sunday's regional final against No. 2 seed Columbus State.
The doubles teams of Victor Guimaraes-Victor Cabellos and Jenner Stevenson-Jan Labas got the Jags (16-9) on the board when they netted wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively, to put ASU in front 2-1 headed into singles.
The Bearcats won at No. 6 singles to square the match at 2-all before Guimaraes won in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) at No. 5 singles to put the Jags back in front 3-2. Lander (18-5) posted a straight sets win at No. 2 singles to knot things up at 3-all before ASU closed out the match with Victor Cabellos' victory at No. 3 singles. Jaguar senior Bernardo Fernandes, at No. 1 singles, sealed the win when he bounced back from dropping the second set in a tiebreaker with a 6-1 win in the third set.