Abilene Christian advances
Hach wins fifth consecutive match in quick 5-0 victory
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Abilene Christian needed all of 25 minutes Thursday morning to complete its 5-0 victory against Northern Kentucky at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
The NCAA championship Round of 16 match, which began early yesterday afternoon, was stopped due to rain midway through singles. But after action resumed Thursday, sixth-ranked Hans Hach quickly dispatched Martin Leroy at the top line 7-5, 6-2, and Alfredo Desiati held on to beat Andre Correa at the No. 4 position, 6-4, 6-4, for the match-clinching point.
Hach has won five consecutive matches and is now 23-4 on the season at No. 1 singles, while Desiati is 17-10 overall and 8-2 when competing at the No. 4 spot.
The victory improved the Wildcats' season record to 21-8 and puts them into the NCAA quarterfinals, where they're scheduled to face No. 3 Lynn on Thursday. The Fighting Knights defeated Western New Mexico, 5-0.
Northern Kentucky, which pulled off a few postseason upsets to reach the NCAA championships, has its season end at 16-7. Two of those losses were to the Wildcats, who beat them, 6-3, earlier in the year.
ACU led the Norse 3-0 following a sweep of the doubles matches.
Hach and partner Nick Plum scored ACU's first point after doubling up NKU's No. 1 team of Tyler Fraser and Pierce Kohls, 8-4.
Michael Morris and Guilherme Gesser finished second with an 8-6 decision at No. 3 vs. Guillaume Berman and Drew Schroeder.
Desiati and Borja Cortes completed the sweep with a 9-7 win at No. 2 against Leroy and Correa.