No. 1 Valdosta St. captures GSC title
Valdosta State rolls by West Florida in championship match
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - No 1 Valdosta State fought past No. 8 West Florida, 5-1, to claim the team's fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference Championship.
Despite losing a point in doubles play, the Blazers persevered to win three singles matches to clinch the championship.
Valdosta State struck first when Philip Pakebusch and Luis Loeffler, the No. 11 doubles team, beat Domenico Sano and Sean Gunnels at the second doubles spot, 8-2.
The Argonauts responded at third doubles though. Jose Carlos Tolentin and Mike Lue beat Bernhard Wallner and Otto Lenhart, 8-5.
Dueren and Hansen, the top doubles team in the region, secured a 2-1 lead after doubles.
The No. 2 doubles team, Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen ensured VSU would hold a lead after doubles with a 9-7 victory over No. 10 Andrey Pozhidaev and Leandro Ferreira.
In singles play, the Blazers earned points in the top two slots and the fifth spot. Konstantin Kutschenko was first to finish with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sano.
No. 2 Pakebusch and No. 19 Dueren did what they have done most of the season in the top two spots: win. Dueren beat No. 27 Pozhidaev, 6-4, 6-3, and Pakebusch beat No. 18 Ferreira by the same score to clinch the match.