LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ouachita finished off its NCAA Round of 16 match with Bluefield State with a 5-0 victory after weather postponed a number of matches until Thursday morning.
Ouachita’s doubles matches were interrupted by weather on Wednesday evening and forced to restart on Thursday morning, although it didn’t affect the Tigers, as they swept doubles play. Kenny Brasil and Ernesto Laborda were able to finish before the postponement of the match on Wednesday, capturing an 8-1 victory against Bluefield’s Shikar Kapur and Pitor Kruk. Ouachita’s No. 3 doubles team of Ramon Abaitua and Marko Boskovic were the first to finish on Thursday morning, taking an 8-4 victory against Bluefield’s Guatam Sreeram and Conner Pickering. Ouachita’s No. 1 doubles team of Helge Knuth and Marvin Muller were the last to finish, capturing an 8-6 victory against Bluefield’s Vlad Catlan and Niklas Sparr.
Heading in to singles play, the Tigers held a solid 3-0 lead. During singles play, only two matches were finished, but it was enough to seal the victory for the Tigers. No. 35 ranked Boscovic captured a win against Bluefield’s Catlan with scores of 6-1, 6-0, while Brasil took the match-clinching victory for the Tigers, defeating Kruk by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Ouachita will continue their run through the NCAA tournament Thursday afternoon, when they face off against West Florida at 4 p.m. The match will be held at EP Sawyer State Park in Louisville. The Tigers enter the match with an overall record of 17-6, following their victory against Bluefield State, while West Florida enters the match with an overall record of 26-2 following their 5-0 sweep of Nebraska-Kearney.