West Florida beats UC San Diego to reach semifinals; will face familiar foe
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After battling to a 2-1 lead after doubles, No. 3 West Florida rolled through singles to defeat No. 14 UC San Diego 5-1 in the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis championship quarterfinals Thursday.
The Argonauts (27-1) extended their winning streak to 22 and advanced to play No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State (26-1) in the semifinals in a rematch of the 2012 finals.
No. 4 Kevin Ducros and Bruno Savi extended their doubles winning streak to 20 in an 8-3 victory at No. 1.
After trailing the majority of the match at No. 2 doubles, Tony Rajaobelina and Domenico Sano fought back but was unable to pull off the comeback, falling 8-6.
But Elio Latela and Domenico Sano pulled off an 8-6 victory at No. 3 to give West Florida a 2-1 lead heading into singles.
All six Argos won their first set in singles. Leading the way for West Florida was No. 3 Savi, who extended his winning streak to 19 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles. Savi is now 44-1 in his past 45 dual matches.
No. 49 Rajaobelina finished next with a 6-0, 7-5 victory at No. 2 to extend his winning streak to 15, and Latela clinched the match victory with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4.
West Florida lost to Armstrong 5-0 last season in the NCAA finals and had a regular-season match rained out Feb. 22. Both teams have one loss this season, each to No. 1 Barry (27-0), which will play No. 6 Concordia in the other semifinal.