ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – No. 10 Columbus State is now one match away from returning to the national semifinals after the Cougars handed No. 9 UC-San Diego its first loss of the season with a 5-0 setback in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Championship. CSU improved to 18-4 mark on the season while the Tritons end their campaign with a 20-1 record.

Columbus State will now head to the NCAA quarterfinals as they face No. 28 Western New Mexico at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

In doubles action, Andre Mordhorst and Pasqual Duttlinger continued defeated the duo of Max Jiganti and Armaun Emanmi 8-1. The fourth-ranked doubles team in the nation, Christophe Noblet and Gordan Divljak extended their winning streak to 13 matches as they defeated No. 21 Erik Elliott and Austin West 8-5. Filip Cojbasic and Martin Shishkov gave the Cougars a sweep in doubles play as they defeated Junya Yoshida and Chapman Chan 8-5.

Needing only two wins in single action to continue on to the NCAA quarterfinals, Divlajk defeated Chan 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 singles. Mordhorst gave the Cougars the victory in the match after defeating Sam Ling 6-4, 6-1 in No. 4 singles to end the match.  

Noblet won his first set against Erik Elliott 6-3 and was leading the second set 4-1 while Pasqual Duttlinger also won his first set versus Yoshida 6-3 and was leading 4-1 in the second. Shishkov defeated Vincent Nguyen 6-3 in the first set at fifth singles and was trailing 2-1 in the start of the second set.

The only set the Cougars lost came in sixth singles as Olivier Simonet dropped set one 6-1 to Austin West but rebounded to win the second set 6-2.