Piludu

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- No. 6 Concordia (N.Y.) had a tough battle but beat No. 9 Lander 5-2 on Thursday to earn a spot in the NCAA Division II national semifinals for the second time in three years.

The Clippers had a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, just as they did Wednesday against No. 24 Northwest Missouri State. Andrey Boldarev and Daniele Piludu edged August Iwdal and Adam Jonsson in their No. 1 match 8-6 to give Concordia an early 1-0 lead.

Tomasz Olfans and Benas Majauskas won their No. 2 match 8-6 against Paul-Henri Arrigoni and Vincent Verpeaux.

Lander took the No. 3 match 8-5 as Oscar Axelsson and Samuel Poutignat defeated David Tisserand and Andreas Lindell to prevent the Clippers from sweeping the doubles matches.

Boldarev gave Concordia a 3-1 overall match advantage as he powered his way to a 6-2, 6-4 win in his No. 1 singles match against Arrigoni. Olfans got Clippers one step closer to the match victory as his dominating 6-2, 6-2 win against Poutignat in the No. 3 match gave Concordia a 4-1 lead.

The Bearcats took one singles match as Diego Zegarra defeated Lindell 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in the No. 6 match to trail the Clippers 4-2. Piludu took the match-clinching victory as his 7-6, 6-3 win against Verpeaux in the No. 2 match secured the 5-2 victory.

The Clippers (22-2) will next face No. 1 Barry at 11 a.m. ET Friday. The Bucs took a 5-1 victory in their NCAA quarterfinal match against No. 5 Hawaii Pacific on Thursday. Concordia is 1-4 against Barry all time with their only win occurring on March 4, 2011.

The Bucs eliminated the Clippers in the 2011 semifinals.

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