VALDOSTA, Ga. -– Playing its sixth consecutive match against a top-25 opponent, seventh-ranked Columbus State downed 24th-ranked Valdosta State 6-3 on Tuesday at the VSU Tennis Courts. It was the first meeting between the schools since the 2011 national semifinal match.
The Blazers (2-7) took an early lead in the match winning two of the three doubles contests. At first doubles, Konstantin Kutschenko and Mario Navarro won a tight 8-5 decision against Marco Almorin and Olivier Simonet. VSU continued its solid play into second doubles as Tammo Haake and Sebastin Jasyk upset 10th-ranked Quentin Rayniere and Gordan Divljak 8-4. However, Columbus State got on the board at third doubles with Adi Malicbegovic and Michael Trebuhov defeating Joachim Schemm and Andrew Harvin 8-2.
Columbus State’s (8-1) comeback began at fifth singles as Danilo Sardelli tied the match up after he took down Haake 6-1, 6-4. Twenty-fifth ranked Almorin gave the Cougars the lead winning 6-2, 6-1 against Jasyk at fourth singles. CSU’s winning ways continued into second singles as Divljak defeated Schemm 6-4, 6-3.
Malicbegovic defeated Havin 6-2, 6-2 at sixth singles while Rayniere recorded CSU’s final victory at third singles taking down Navarro 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 10-6. Valdosta State’s only victory in singles came at the top spot in a top-25 matchup as 10th-ranked Kutschenko knocked off 24th-ranked Simonet 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.