Edinboro defeats Charleston 5-4 for first regional victory in school history
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Edinboro earned its first NCAA regional victory in school history with a 5-4 defeat of host Charleston in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic 2 Regional at the Schoenbaum Tennis Courts. The Fighting Scots now move on to face PSAC foe Kutztown in a rematch of last week's PSAC championship final in the Atlantic 2 Regional final at 11 a.m. ET Sunday.
Edinboro improved to 19-8 on the season and extended its match win streak to 10 contests with the triumph. The Golden Eagles close the season with a 15-7 ledger.
The Fighting Scots came into the regional tournament as the sixth seed, while host Charleston was seeded third. Edinboro was making its first trip to an NCAA regional in program history.
The Fighting Scots secured an early 2-1 advantage with a pair of victories in the doubles play, which proved to be the difference in the match as the teams split singles competition 3-3.
The duo of Matias Aignasse and Juan Estepa, ranked fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional doubles rankings, topped Charleston's James Gammell and Dennis Okoth at the No. 1 position by a score of 8-4. Gammel and Okoth entered the match ranked sixth in the ITA regional rankings.
The tandem of James Cooper and Thomas Pellegrino picked up their ninth consecutive victory in doubles play with an 8-6 win at the No. 3 spot against Nicholas Bakos and Jacob Lorenz.
Aignasse, who was recently named the PSAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Year, collected a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Matt Sherba at No. 1 singles. Aignasse boosted his record to 19-4 in singles play with the win versus Sherba, who is ranked fourth in singles the ITA Atlantic Regional. Aignasse is the third-ranked player in the ITA regional rankings.
PSAC Freshman of the Year Bruno Borja earned a 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Gammell at No. 2 singles, improving to 19-10 on the season. Borja is ranked 13th in the ITA regional rankings, while Gamma came into the match as the sixth-ranked player in the region.
After dropping the first set 6-1 at No. 4 singles, Amir Talab (21-7) won the second and third sets by scores of 6-4, 6-2 versus Lorenz to secure his team-leading 21st victory on the season.
The Golden Eagles picked up victories at third, fifth, and sixth singles.