Northern Kentucky upsets Northwood
Norse advance to Round of 16 for first time in program history
MIDLAND, Mich. – Northern Kentucky picked up a historic win on Sunday, defeating Northwood 5-4 to advance to the NCAA tournament Round of 16 for the first time in program history.
The Norse (16-6) will move on to the Division II Championships Festival in Louisville, Ky., and will play on May 16 against the winner of Monday's tournament match between Abilene Christian and Northwest Missouri State. NKU and Abilene Christian met earlier this season, with ACU claiming a 6-3 victory.
Drew Schroeder and Guillaume Berman earned NKU's first point, sweeping Northwood's Youri Perrin and Hugo Lasserre 8-0. The Timberwolves (14-2) took the remaining doubles points to claim the early advantage.
The teams traded early singles victories, with NKU's Tyler Fraser defeating Lasserre, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 and NU's Teddy Mebounou claiming a 6-4, 6-3 win against Martin Leroy in the top flight.
The Timberwolves took their fourth point at No. 3 when Marcus Oliveria defeated Pierce Kohls, 6-2, 7-5, to put the match at a 4-2 advantage for Northwood.
The Norse would not be denied, however, winning their final three singles matches of the day. Christopher Angulo bested Perrin, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 before Berman won at No. 2 against Jean Menard, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to level the match at 4-4.
For the second match in a row Andre Correa, a junior from Santo Andre, Brazil, would decide the match in dramatic fashion, taking a 7-5 win in the third set from Florian Boggia to win his 15th consecutive match and pushed his singles record to 20-1 on the year.
Correa's win on Saturday clinched a 5-4 victory for the Norse in the opening round of the NCAA tournament against Southern Indiana.
NKU entered the season with a 2-5 record in NCAA tournament play and had been eliminated by Northwood in four of their five previous trips to the postseason.