May 9, 2009


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No. 3 Lynn Sneaks Past No. 4 Valdosta State To Claim South Region Title

BOCA RATON, Fla. – In a postseason match normally reserved for the national finals, Lynn University’s third-ranked men’s tennis team defeated perennial national powerhouse and fourth-ranked Valdosta State 5-4 to claim the NCAA Division II South Region Championship on Saturday.  The Fighting Knights and Blazers both met in the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Finals with each program claiming a national title.  

Lynn (18-3) advances to the National Round of 16 next week in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Down 4-1, the Knights rallied off four-straight singles victories to claim the win.  Lynn’s fourth point, won by Julien Carsuzaa, gave the senior 72 career victories to put him in a three-way tie for the all-time program record.

A rematch of a 5-4 LU victory earlier in the season, the grudge match did not disappoint.  The Knights struck first, claiming the first point as Carsuzaa and Alessandro Sarra took down the top-ranked doubles tandem of Joerg Ekkenga and Leos Jelinek 8-4 in the top position.

Valdosta State (12-4) found itself on the friendly side of the doubles split, however, to take an early 2-1 lead.  Daniel Dueren and Michael Keuch topped Tomas Racak and Luca Pavanelli 8-5 in the second flight while Florian Halb and Otto Lenhart downed Miloslav Navratil and Alex Voirin 8-4 in the third slot.

In singles, the Blazers grabbed two quick points to take a commanding 4-1 lead as Kuech beat Axel Joachim 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the sixth spot and No. 17 Ekkenga defeated Sarra 7-5, 6-2 in the third.

Battling back, the Blue and White responded with straight-set victories from Racak and Pavanelli.  Nineteenth-ranked Racak avenged an earlier season loss to ninth-ranked Halb with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) decision, the mirror opposite of his previous score.  Pavanelli also added a win over a ranked foe, dropping No. 45 Jelinik 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

Down 4-3, Lynn found itself in striking distance as Carsuzaa and Voirin were both beginning their third sets against Dueren and Lenhart, respectively.  Fifth-ranked Carsuzaa came out firing in the third to even the score against the third-ranked Dueren from their previous match with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win.

With the contest tied, it all came down to Voirin and Lenhart at the fifth singles position.  Knotted at 4-4, a Voirin break put the ball in his hand for the chance to close out the win on his serve.  Going ahead 40-15, Lenhart was unable to put the first service back over the net as Voirin won 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and the Knights claimed the regional championship.

Lynn returns to action on Wednesday in the Division II National Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla., hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and Rollins College.  The Knights face Kutztown (Pa.) in the Round of 16.

Concordia College Blanks Merrimack To Advance To Round Of 16

Bronxville, New York – Alex Grubin and Richi Malobicki won at first and third singles to clinch Concordia College’s 5-0 win over Merrimack College in the NCAA Men’s Tennis East Region #1 Finals on Saturday morning. Concordia now advances on to the Round of 16, hosted by Rollins College.

    Concordia College    Merrimack College    Winner    Score
1 S    Alex Grubin     Adam Wilding    CC     6-0, 6-0
2 S    Andrey Boldarev    John Seaward    Unfinished    6-2, 2-3
3 S    Richi Malobicki    Max Eppley    CC    6-2, 6-0
4 S    Karim Belhadj    Sean Pahler    Not Played    
5 S    Victor Kim    Steve Viglione    Not Played    
6 S    Henning Ruenz    Liam Hoare    Not Played    
1 D    Grubin/Boldarev    Eppley/Seaward    CC    8-3
2 D    Belhadj/Kim    Pahler/Viglione    CC    8-2
3 D    Malobicki/Ruenz    Wilding/Hoare    CC    8-1

WNMU Picks Up 5-1 Win Over St. Cloud State In Second Round

Sartell, Minn. - Western New Mexico University gained a 5-1 victory over St. Cloud State University in second action of the 2009 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Central Regional match, which was played at Sartell High School in Sartell, Minn. on Saturday, May 9.  The victory improves WNMU's record to 14-11 on the season, and it allows the Mustangs to advance to the 2009 NCAA Division II men's championship finals on May 13-16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Huskies finish their season with a 25-3 overall record, which is the most victories posted by a SCSU team in a single season.  This also marked the ninth consecutive season that the Huskies have advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament and the second time that they have served as regional hosts.

In doubles play, SCSU gained a win at first doubles as Mike Master and Wojciech Batorski won 9-7.  WNMU won the remaining two matches in doubles play, and also gained wins at second singles, fourth singles and sixth singles before play was halted with the Yellowjackets leading 5-1.  Listed below are the complete match results:

NCAA DII Men's Tennis Central Regional at Sartell, Minn.

Western New Mexico 5, St. Cloud State 1

First Doubles - Wojciech Batorski/Mike Master (SCSU) def. Kyle Lynch/Emmanuel Hecker (WNMU) 9-7
Second Doubles - Timoci Fa/Wilton Atkins  (WNMU) def. Ryan Schoenefeld/Kris Johnson (SCSU) 8-6
Third Doubles - Flavio Rueda/Luke Salazar (WNMU) def. Kevin Bauleke/Shane Ecklund (SCSU) 8-3

1st Singles - Wojciech Batorski (SCSU) vs. Flavio Rueda (WNMU) DNF
2nd Singles - Kyle Lynch (WNMU) def. Mike Master (SCSU) 6-4, 6-2
3rd Singles - Kris Johnson (SCSU) vs. Wilton Atkins (WNMU) DNF
4th Singles - Timoci Fa (WNMU) def. Ryan Schoenefeld (SCSU) 6-3, 6-3
5th Singles - Shane Ecklund (SCSU) vs. Luke Salazar (WNMU) DNF
6th Singles - Emmanuel Hecher (WNMU) def. Alex Lesiuk (SCSU) 6-3, 7-6 (9)

No. 2 Barry Blanks No. 10 West Florida In South Regional Final

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The second-ranked Barry Buccaneers punched their tickets for the NCAA Division II National Tennis Tournament with a 5-0 win over 10th-ranked West Florida at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Saturday in the finals of the South Region I Tournament.  

“I think we played exceptionally well,” Barry head coach George Samuel said. “Everyone showed up excited and full of team spirit. We came out confident, but not complacent, and played our best tennis.”

The Bucs (24-2) set the tone early in doubles. Jakub Fejfar and Sergio Velez made quick work of Nathan Rosenfeld and Michael Lue, whose win at number three doubles was so instrumental in the Argonauts’ semifinal win. The Buccaneer pair came out on top 8-2.

At number two, Andrew Sharnov and Ales Svigelj knocked off Luis Arboleda and Patrick Bateman 8-3, while the fourth-ranked pair of Emanuel Fraitzl and Max Wimmer closed out the sweep by beating #18 Kevin Ducros and Andrey Pozhidaev 8-4.

“It would have been easy for the guys to fold after going down 3-0,” UWF head coach Derrick Racine said, “but they came out and fought hard in singles.”

The Argonauts (15-10) grabbed first sets at number one and number three and forced tie breakers at four and five.

Fraitzl, ranked 20th, battled a scrappy #34 Pozhidaev at number two winning 6-4, 6-3 in a very closely contested and heated match.

“I think the five-mile runs we’ve been taking every day in practice really paid off,” Samuel said. “We really weren’t affected by the heat. We didn’t seem to get tired as the match went on.”

The tipping point of the match came at number six. Fejfar came out flat and Rosenfeld jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead. But the Buccaneer righted the ship and went on to win 11 straight games to take the point 6-4, 6-0 and clinch the win.

“We’ve got such a young team,” Racine, who has seven freshman and two sophomores among 11 players, said. “It was a good learning experience for us. It just a shame more of the top teams can’t go to the finals site.”

With the NCAA’s regional emphasis, eight of the top 16 teams in the country get eliminated in the regional tournaments, including five of the top 10.

The Bucs will now face the BYU-Hawai’i Seasiders in the opening round of the national tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla., at Sanlando Park on Wednesday, May 13.

Tennis Match Results
West Florida vs Barry
5/09/2009 at Miami Shores, Fla.
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)

#2 Barry 5, #10 West Florida 0

 Singles competition

1. #4 Ales Svigelj (BUM) vs. #11 Kevin Ducros (UWFM) 6-7 (6-8), 1-2, unfinished

2. #20 Emanuel Fraitzl (BUM) def. #34 Andrey Pozhidaev (UWFM) 6-4, 6-3

3. #43 Andrew Sharnov (BUM) vs. Luis Arboleda (UWFM) 5-7, 2-2, unfinished

4. Max Wimmer (BUM) vs. Patrick Bateman (UWFM) 7-6 (7-3), 3-0, unfinished

5. Roman Werschel (BUM) vs. Jose Ycaza (UWFM) 7-6 (7-2), 1-1, unfinished

6. Jakub Fejfar (BUM) def. Nathan Rosenfeld (UWFM) 6-4, 6-0

 Doubles competition

1. #4 Emanuel Fraitzl/Max Wimmer (BUM) def. #18 Kevin Ducros/Andrey Pozhidaev (UWFM) 8-4

2. #12 Ales Svigelj/Andrew Sharnov (BUM) def. Luis Arboleda/Patrick Bateman (UWFM) 8-3

3. Jakub Fejfar/Sergio Velez (BUM) def. Nathan Rosenfeld/Michael Lue (UWFM) 8-2

Match Notes:

West Florida 15-9; National ranking #10

Barry 23-2; National ranking #2

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (,2,6)

Defending Champs AASU Make Way Into Round Of 16 With Sweep Of USC Aiken

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The top-ranked and defending DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic State men's tennis squad advanced out of the Southeast Region with a 5-0 victory over No. 5 USC Aiken on Saturday afternoon, earning a spot in the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Round of 16.

The Pirates (26-1) head to Altamonte Springs, Fla., having won 57 of their last 58 matches, a string that includes last season's DII national championship, a first for the program. USC Aiken (19-5) sees its season come to an end after achieving the highest national ranking in its program's history.

Armstrong Atlantic sprinted out to a 3-0 lead, sweeping all three doubles matches. In a clash of top 10 ranked doubles duos, No. 5-ranked Paul Bishop and Mikk Irdoja defeated No. 9-ranked Dagoberto Darezzo and Edward Horne, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. The No. 10-ranked duo of Rafael Array and Tim Johannsen notched an 8-1 win over No. 22-ranked Filipe Garcia and Bruno Seves at No. 2 doubles, while Eudaldo Bonet and Akos Torok picked up an 8-2 win over Gregory Andrade and Christopher Kaetz at No. 3 doubles.

Singles play started with the Pirates taking all six first sets against the Pacers. Paul Fitzgerald delivered a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaetz at No. 4 singles, then Array clinched the match with a 6-3, -2 win over Garcia at No. 5 singles.

Armstrong Atlantic will now head to Sanlando Park with an eye on back-to-back national titles. Play begins in Altamonte Springs on Wednesday, May 13, as the Pirates take on Queens (N.Y.) in first-round action.

USC Aiken vs Armstrong Atlantic (May 09, 2009)
#1 Armstrong Atlantic 5, #5 USC Aiken 0
May 09, 2009 at Savannah, Ga. (AASU Tennis Complex) Singles competition 1. #2 Eudaldo Bonet (AASU) vs. #6 Bruno Seves (USCA) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished 2. #23 Paul Bishop (AASU) vs. #21 Dagoberto Darezzo (USCA) 6-4, 1-0, unfinished 3. #25 Mikk Irdoja (AASU) vs. Edward Horne (USCA) 7-6 (8-6), 1-2, unfinished 4. Paul Fitzgerald (AASU) def. Christopher Kaetz (USCA) 6-1, 6-0 5. Rafael Array (AASU) def. Filipe Garcia (USCA) 6-3, 6-2 6. Tim Johannsen (AASU) vs. Gregory Andrade (USCA) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #5 Paul Bishop/Mikk Irdoja (AASU) def. #9 Dagoberto Darezzo/Edward Horne (USCA) 8-4 2. #10 Rafael Array/Tim Johannsen (AASU) def. #22 Filipe Garcia/Bruno Seves (USCA) 8-1 3. Eudaldo Bonet/Akos Torok (AASU) def. Gregory Andrade/Christopher Kaetz (USCA) 8-2

Match Notes
USC Aiken 19-5; National ranking #5
Armstrong Atlantic 26-1; National ranking #1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5)
2009 NCAA DII Men's Tennis Southeast Region Final AASU advances to the Round of 16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Will face Queens (N.Y.) on Wednesday, May 16

GCSU Sweeps Columbus State To Advance To Round Of 16

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The race to five was on as the Regional Finals match pitted two Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponents against each other, as No. 7 Georgia College & State University (18-3) squared off against No. 8 Columbus State University (17-6).  The Bobcats were able to defeat the Cougars 5-0.

The Bobcats jumped off to a quick 3-0 lead in doubles as the number three doubles team, Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.), set the tone defeating their opponents, Nemanja Djuric and Diego Motivar 8-3.

Both first and second doubles saw eerily similar results as both units won 8-5. The No. 2 duo of Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) and Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) beat the No. 8 twosome of Frank Suarez and Luis Gonzalez. The the Sao Paulo twosome of Joao Casagrande and Francis Yoshimoto defeated Dimitri Caron and Paul van Rensburg.

The Cougars found themselves in a deep hole as the Bobcats only needed to win two singles matches to advance to the NCAA Finals in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Bobcats were able to take victories at third and fifth singles. Yoshimoto won 6-1, 6-4 against Djuric at the third slot.

“This mean a lot to me,” Yoshimoto stated. “This most likely is my last year playing tennis.”

Georgia College was able to win the Regional as Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Paul van Rensburg 6-2, 7-5 at fifth singles.

“This is a really special occasion for me,” said senior Siqueira. “I’ve been here four years and never been to Nationals. I hope this motivates our team to compete well in Florida.”

“I was a little worried after losing Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil)”, Pickham said. “But losing today would have been a big disappointment. I come from a JUCO where going to Nationals is expected every year, but going here (at GCSU) is even bigger.”

Bloomsburg Drops West Va. Wesleyan To Advance To Round Of 16

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 and Ryan Glubo by an 8-4 score. At three doubles Seth Rybak and Alan Hummel 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 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 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 head coach Marty Coyne.