May 8, 2009

May 7th Results

Bloomsburg Drops W.V. Wesleyan To Take Atlantic Region Crown

BLOOMSBURG-- The Bloomsburg University men's tennis beat West Virginia Wesleyan 5-3 in the championship of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region championship and will advance to the NCAA championship round next week in Orlando, FL.

The was the second meeting in three weeks before the two teams with West Virginia Wesleyan winning 5-4 in the first matchup. This match was also a classic.

Bloomsburg took a 2-1 lead coming out of doubles getting wins at number one from Fernando Perez (Center Valley/Southern Lehigh) and Ryan Glubo (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) by an 8-4 score. At three doubles Seth Rybak (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) and Alan Hummel (Manheim/Hempfield) won 8-2 for the Huskies, while the Bobcats earned a win at two doubles from Daniel Lobo and Rafael Cavalcante by an 8-2 score.

In singles play, Bloomsburg got wins from Perez at number one who pulled out a three-set thriller, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, and at number two from Lee Wexler (Lafayette Hill/Plymouth-Whitemarsh) who won by scores of 6-3, 6-3 to make it 4-1 in favor of the Huskies.

West Virginia Wesleyan cut the margin to 4-3 with a win at three from Danilo Franciscon, 6-4, 6-4, and Doug Hornak at number five who was a 6-4, 6-4 winner.

With the match on the line the Huskies got the gamewinner from Jason Nolt (Bloomsburg/Central Columbia) at number six who rallied from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 setting off a celebration for the Huskies. The lone match not to finish was at four singles where Bloomsburg's Glubo was up a set 7-6 (11-9), but trailing in the second 5-4 to Lobo from West Virginia Wesleyan.

Bloomsburg goes top 12-7 with the victory, while West Virginia Wesleyan falls to 18-5. The Huskies will be making their second consecutive and ninth trip overall to the NCAA championship round under coach Marty Coyne.

Lynn Advances to South Region Finals

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University’s third-ranked men’s tennis team shutout No. 16 Florida Southern 5-0 on Friday afternoon to advance to the finals of the NCAA Division II South Region Finals.  The Fighting Knights will take on Valdosta State on Saturday, a rematch of the 2006 and 2007 National Championship matches.

Opening with a doubles sweep, Alessandro Sarra and Julien Carsuzaa beat Roman Schirmaier and Ben Taylor 8-3 in the top spot while Tomas Racak and Luca Pavanelli downed C.J. Johnson and Nicolas Bigler 8-6 in the second position.  Closing out the sweep, Miloslav Navratil and Alex Voirin defeated Guenther Fercher and Greg Heartt 8-2 in the third flight.

Needing just a pair of singles wins to seal the deal, the Knights acted quickly.  Fourth-ranked Carsuzaa finished first, defeating No. 27 Schirmaier 6-1, 6-1. With the win, Carsuzaa moved within one singles victory of the all-time record at Lynn, currently shared with former LU standouts Thomas Grapin and Dennis Riegraf at 72.  Carsuzaa currently holds the career doubles record with 76.

Sealing the win, Pavanelli dropped Taylor 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth spot.

Lynn returns to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. as they take on Valdosta State in the finals.  The Blazers defeated Rollins 5-0 in Friday’s other semifinal to advance.

Queens College Tops Stonehill, 5-2


FLUSHING, N.Y. - Down 2-1 after doubles, Queens College (16-6) rallied to defeat Stonehill College (22-4), 5-2, to capture the NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis East Region #2 Championship. Danilo Hiraoka beat Jon Burke of Stonehill, 6-2, 6-1 in sixth singles to clinch the Knights’ first regional championship in men’s tennis.

Queens College advances to face the winner of Southeast Region #1 on May 13th in the Round of 16, hosted by Rollins College.


Barry Shuts Down Flagler, 5-0

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — The top-seeded Barry Buccaneers defeated #4 Flagler College Saints 5-0 in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Division II South Region I Men’s Tennis Tournament on Friday at the Buccaneer Tennis Center.

“I think this was a good match for us,” Barry head coach George Samuel said. “It got us started back into the competition mode after a two-week layoff since conference. Now, we’re excited about playing the winner of the other semifinal tomorrow in the championship.”

The Bucs (23-2) grabbed a quick lead in doubles with Jakub Fejfar and Sergio Velez shutting out Mason Addison and Eli Meyer 8-0 at number three. Barry’s number two team of Andrew Sharnov and Roman Werschel dispatched Gino Ramirez and Kyle Maloof 8-5.

At number one doubles, the Saints’ David Cotrone and Henry Snoxell led 5-3 before Emanuel Fraitzl and Max Wimmer rallied for an 8-5 win to put the Bucs up 3-0.

In singles, the Bucs grabbed the first set at all six flights. Marcello D’Armas knocked off 6-1, 6-1 at number six to put the Bucs on the brink and Fefjar closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Addison at number five.

“Today was pretty good,” Flagler assistant head coach Jeff Hepburn said. “We came out strong at number one and number two dubs, not so much at number three. It was a great opportunity in our first chance at the NCAA Tournament. I’m very proud of my guys.”

The Bucs advance to the regional finals at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 9 against the winner of the West Florida/Ouachita Baptist match.


Northwood Advances To Round of 16

MIDLAND, Mich. – The Northwood University men’s tennis team earned a trip to Florida with a 5-0 victory over Ferris State in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Northwood is now 19-1 on the season.  Ferris State’s year comes to an end at 14-8.

The Timberwolves posted their 14th straight victory thank in large part to a strong start in doubles.  Northwood took a 3-0 lead heading into singles, continuing their dominance in doubles on the season.  The Timberwolves have gone 54-6 (.900) in doubles in dual matches this season.

Needing just two wins for the victory, Northwood claimed straight-set contests at number two and number four singles to advance.

NU will compete at the round of 16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. May 13.


No. 5 Pacers Advance To Region Final With 5-1 Win Over No. 25 Francis Marion

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A program-high ranking for the USC Aiken men's tennis team now accompanies a berth in the NCAA DII Men's Tennis Southeast Region final as the No. 5-ranked Pacers defeated No. 25 Francis Marion, 5-1, on Friday afternoon in Savannah.

USC Aiken (19-4) will play at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of AASU and Lander for a chance to advance to its first-ever Round of 16. Francis Marion (16-6) sees its bid for consecutive trips to the Round of 16 come to an end.

The Pacers took a 2-1 lead after doubles as the No. 22-ranked duo of Filipe Garcia and Bruno Seves notched an 8-4 win over Jack Bishop and Matthew Keth at No. 2 doubles, while Gregory Andrade and Chris Kaetz defeated Dirk Bair and Karl Rogers, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles. Francis Marion's doubles point came at No. 1 doubles in a duel of top 10-ranked teams - No. 6 Dilshod Sharifi and Oshada Wijemanne picking up an 8-3 win over No. 9-ranked Dagoberto Darezzo and Edward Horne.

Kaetz gave USC Aiken its first singles point with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bastian Czwalinna at No. 4 singles, then Andrade defeated Bair, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Horne came up with the clinching point, winning the final three games of the third set to outlast Rogers, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, and send the Pacers into Saturday's final.


No. 6 Georgia College Advances to Regional Final Against Conference Opponent, No. 8 Columbus State

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College & State University ‘s men’s tennis team’s (17-3) defeated Lees-McRae College earlier today, May 8 5-1. The victory sends the Bobcats to the regional final match against

Georgia College was able to take advantage early winning at first and second doubles.

The nation’s No. 2 double unit of Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) defeated Steve Karendal and Nandor Solymosi 8-1. The Sao Paulo duo of Joao Casagrande and Francis Yoshimoto escaped with an 8-5 victory over VanHoy and Shaun Sumner.

The Bobcats only needed three victories to seal the win and were able to do so winning at second, third and fourth singles.

No. 15 Pickham took down Alek Mojski 6-0, 7-6 in second singles. No. 24 Yoshimoto won at third singles 6-0, 6-1 against Shaun Sumner. In fourth singles, Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) defeated Travis VanHoy 6-2, 6-4.

In the second match, Columbus State University took two of three in doubles play against Anderson University.

The Cougars of Columbus State held off the Trojans and took three of five in singles action.

At fifth singles, the Cougars’ Paul van Rensburg won 6-4, 6-3 over the Trojans’ Iiya Zakharov to seal the win for Columbus State.

Georgia College will face fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Columbus State tomorrow, May 9 at 2 p.m. for the championship match. The winner advances to the finals in Altamonte Springs, Fla. 


West Florida Tops Ouachita Baptist, 5-2

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Third time was the charm for the third-seeded West Florida Argonauts as they upset the number two seed, Ouachita Baptist Tigers, 5-2 in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis South Region I Tournament at Buccaneer Tennis Center on Friday.

The Tigers (20-2) had won both previous meetings, winning 7-2 in Arkadelphia, Ark., in the regular season and 5-3 in the Gulf South Conference Tournament.

“It was a great match,” UWF head coach Derrick Racine said. “We started out really strong in doubles, really fired up, and never let up at two and three.  We got a little tentative, up 7-5 at one, and they took advantage to win 9-7.

“In singles, I was little worried that the guys were thinking that we could have or should have been up 3-0 and start out slow, which we did at four and six. But even though we were down in both, we turned them around and won and that was the key to the match.”

In both previous meetings, the Tigers had claimed two doubles points. But the Bucs came out fired up and grabbed a 2-1 lead.  Nathan Rosenfeld and Michael Lue avenged a 9-8 loss in the GSC Tourney with an 8-4 win over OBU’s Vasek Stverka and Szymon Judek at number three, while Luis Arboleda and Patrick Bateman defeated Jean Charles Diame and Pierre Tafelski 8-3 at number two.

At the top flight, the Agonauts’ duo of Kevin Ducros and Andrey Pozhidaev were on the verge of the sweep, leading Jan Plewinski and Till Heilshorn 7-5 and serving for the match. But the Tigers’ pair fought back for a 9-7 win.

Singles started out close with the Tigers getting first set wins at number two and number four and UWF taking first sets at one, three five and six.

Diame closed out Arboleda 6-3, 6-2 at number three to even the match at 2-2, but that was as close as Ouachita would get.

UWF’s Bateman, who lost to Tafelski in three sets in the conference tourney, battled back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to win 6-1, 6-3, while Sean Gunnels knocked off Stverka 6-4, 6-2 at number six.

Ducros closed out the match at number one, despite battling leg cramps from the heat, 6-3, 6-4 over Plewinski.

The Argonauts advance to the finals to face the host and top seed Barry Buccaneers, a 5-0 winner over Flagler earlier, at 10:00 am on Saturday.




 No. 1 Pirates Notch 5-0 Win Over No. 20 Lander

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and defending DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic State men's tennis squad began the road back to the NCAA DII Men's Tennis National Championship with a 5-0 win over No. 20-ranked Lander on Friday evening in Savannah.

The Pirates (25-1) advanced to the Southeast Region final, where they will face No. 5-ranked USC Aiken at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Lander (9-9) sees its season come to an end, falling to 45-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament history.

AASU swept all three doubles matches, giving up just five games in the process, to take a commanding 3-0 lead. The tenth-ranked duo of Rafael Array and Tim Johannsen notched an 8-4 win over TC Valle and Sheharyar Wali at No. 1 doubles, while Eudaldo Bonet and Akos Torok collected an 8-1 win over Damien Cordesse and Juan Manrique at No. 2 doubles. Mikk Irdoja and Paul Fitzgerald completed the doubles sweep with an 8-0 win over Gary Bertoldo and Levan Clark.

The Pirates won five of the first six sets in singles, then closed out the match behind Array, who delivered a 6-1, 6-1 win over Manrique at No. 4 singles and Johannsen, who closed out Carlos Marques, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5 singles.

Lander University vs Armstrong Atlantic (May 08, 2009)
#1 Armstrong Atlantic 5, #20 Lander University 0 May 08, 2009 at Savannah, Ga. (AASU Tennis Complex) Singles competition 1. #1 Eudaldo Bonet (AASU) vs. Levan Clark (LU) 6-3, 0-1, unfinished 2. #25 Mikk Irdoja (AASU) vs. #42 Sheharyar Wali (LU) 6-3, 5-0, unfinished 3. Paul Fitzgerald (AASU) vs. TC Valle (LU) 6-3, 1-0, unfinished 4. Rafael Array (AASU) def. Juan Manrique (LU) 6-1, 6-1 5. Tim Johannsen (AASU) def. Carlos Marques (LU) 6-1, 6-0 6. Akos Torok (AASU) vs. Max Desmars (LU) 4-6, 1-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #10 Rafael Array/Tim Johannsen (AASU) def. TC Valle/Sheharyar Wali (LU) 8-4 2. Eudaldo Bonet/Akos Torok (AASU) def. Damien Cordesse/Juan Manrique (LU) 8-1 3. Mikk Irdoja/Paul Fitzgerald (AASU) def. Gary Bertoldo/Levan Clark (LU) 8-0

Match Notes
Lander University 9-9; National ranking #20 Armstrong Atlantic 25-1; National ranking #1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5)
2009 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Southeast Regional - Round 2 AASU advances to face USC Aiken in region final on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
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