May 8, 2010

Courtesy of St. Edward's

AUSTIN, Texas - The St. Edward's men's tennis team defeated Northwest Missouri State, 5-4, Friday morning in the 2010 NCAA South Central Regional at the South Austin Tennis Center. The victory advances the Hilltoppers to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second-straight year and the fourth time in the past five seasons.

St. Edward's (13-9) started off quickly, winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Ned Boone (Sophomore, London, England) and Brett Powers made quick work of their opponents at the No. 2 position, 8-3 to give the Hilltoppers some momentum. Boris Barrios (Senior, Puerto La Cruc, Venezuela) and Mick Walter (Junior, College Station, Texas) followed suit with an 8-5 victory at the No. 1 spot. At the No. 3 position, Justin Raiti (Senior, Mildura, Australia) and Bernard Lancaster (Senior, Dallas, Texas) looked like they would collect the third doubles point, as they held a 6-3 advantage. However, the team of Felipe Gennari and Calvin Patterson ran off a string of five-straight to take the match and earn Northwest Missouri State (21-5) its first point.

In singles play, Barrios put the Hilltoppers ahead, 3-1 with a quick straight-set victory at the No. 5 position against Ryan Westeroff.

The Bearcats fought right back, winning matches at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions to knot the score, 3-3.

Walter dropped the first set to Patterson at the No. 4 position, but rallied to take the next two sets in convincing fashion to put the Hilltopper back up, 4-3.

After Powers fell in a three-set match at the No. 2 position to bring the match all-square, it was all up to Lancaster at the No. 6 position.

Suffering from heat exhaustion and cramping most of the morning, Lancaster won the first set, easily 6-3. After dropping the second set 6-2, the senior rallied to take set three, 6-2, to send the Hilltoppers to Orlando, Fla.

St. Edward's will take on the winner of the Mesa State and St. Cloud State in the Round of 16. The match will be Wednesday, May 12th at Sanlando Tennis Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Live Stats will be available on the Rollins College Website.