May 7, 2010

Courtesy of West Virginia Wesleyan

Behind a resilient effort in doubles play and a dominating performance in singles, the West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team knocked off Bloomsburg (PA) on Friday afternoon 5-0 to win the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. After winning the first doubles match with ease, the Bobcats were forced to fend off the Huskies of Bloomsburg at the other two positions with tiebreaking victories.

The match began with the number two Wesleyan doubles team of Alvaro Ochoa and Daniel Lobo (pictured) taking down Ricky Dove and Mark Schroeder of Bloomsburg 8-5. The number three team of Doug Hornak and Dennis Cole pushed the lead to 2-0 with a come-from-behind 9-8 (1) win over Jack McClurkin and Alan Hammel. Meanwhile, Marc Rosner and Rafael Cavalcante withstood the valiant effort of Bloomsburg's Fernando Perez and Brandon Cummings to complete the doubles sweep with a 9-8 (6) victory at the number one position.

Unlike doubles play, singles action lacked drama. The Bobcats made quick work of their opponents with two quick wins at the number four and five positions. Javier Yim Kim picked up the first win at number five with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Hammel while Danilo Franciscon sealed the deal with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Cummings at number four.

"It was a total team effort today," remarked Wesleyan head coach Lee Underwood. "We overcame a lot these last few days but we live to play another day."

The win improved Wesleyan to 22-2 on the year while Bloomsburg concludes their season at 12-9. The Regional Championship is the first for the Bobcats since moving to the Division II level. Wesleyan will advance to the Sweet 16 in Altamonte, FL on May 12-15.