Midwest Region Championship Goes To Top-Seeded Drury
May 8, 2010
Courtesy of Drury
The top seeded team in the Midwest Region and 17th ranked Drury men's tennis team defeated the fourth seeded and 37th ranked Rockhurst Hawks 5-3 at Cooper Tennis Complex on Saturday to earn a trip to the NCAA-II Sweet 16.
The Panthers trailed Rockhurst 2-1 after doubles play with singles play being key for a trip to the Sweet 16. Drury's doubles victory came at No. 3 with Lukas Zielen and Alex Kacamkis posting an 8-4 victory. The Hawks Ben and Zach Newell, ranked third in the region, got past Roman Gonda and Ivan Marevic, ranked 10th in the region, 9-7 at doubles No. 1. John Lazenby and Victor Klintcharov of Rockhurst aided the Rockhurst momentum with an 8-6 win over Jesus San Roman Garica and Antonio Garcia Santos.
In singles Garcia Santos dominated No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-1 and Kacamakis won 6-1, 6-4 over Zach Newell at No. 3. Next to finish was Lukas Zielen at No. 6 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Paulo Bombonatti. San Roman Garcia, ranked No. 1 in the region, knocked off the fifth ranked player in the region to seal the match victory with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 1 for the 5-3 DU win.
The Panthers are now 17-4 and are riding a 13-match winning streak entering the NCAA-II Sweet 16 which will be in Altamonte Springs, Florida and take place Wednesday-Saturday, May 12-15. Drury reached the NCAA-II Elite Eight last season and this season marks the Panthers thirteenth straight NCAA-II National Tournament appearance.
Rockhurst University vs Drury University Panthers
(May 8, 2010)#17 Drury University Panthers 5, #37 Rockhurst University 3
May 8, 2010 at Cooper Tennis Complex (Springfield, Missouri)
1. #31 Jesus Ramon Garcia (DUMEN) def. Newell, Ben (RU) 7-5, 6-1
2. Klintcharov, Victor (RU) def. Roman Gonda (DUMEN) 7-5, 6-3
3. Alex Kacamakis (DUMEN) def. Newell, Zach (RU) 6-1, 6-4
4. A. Garcia Santos (DUMEN) def. Lazenby, John (RU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ivan Marevic (DUMEN) vs. Gauto-Mariotti, R. (RU) 7-6, 3-3, unfinished
6. Lukas Zielen (DUMEN) def. Bombonatti, Paulo (RU) 6-1, 6-3
1. Newell, Ben/Newell, Zach (RU) def. Roman Gonda/Ivan Marevic (DUMEN) 9-7
2. Lazenby, John/Klintcharov, Victor (RU) def. Jesus Ramon Garcia/A. Garcia Santos (DUMEN) 8-6
3. Lukas Zielen/Alex Kacamakis (DUMEN) def. Gauto-Mariotti, R./Bombonatti, Paulo (RU) 8-4
Rockhurst University 10-9; National ranking #37; Regional ranking #4
Drury University Panthers 17-4; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #1