LAWTON, Okla. -- For the second year in a row, Cameron will advance to the NCAA national championships after beating Western New Mexico 5-2 on Monday afternoon.
Cameron will face either Concordia (N.Y.) or Merrimack out of East Region No. 1 in the Round of 16 on May 14 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Doubles play has been a struggle for the Aggies this season and 13 times this season Cameron trailed into singles play. Monday was different through and for the fifth time this year, CU would take all three slots.
"I gave the ultimate challenge to my boys before the match started and told them what was on the line, and they got out there and kept working," head coach James Helvey said. "Our main goal was to keep the high energy, and we did and we got all three [doubles matches]. It felt really good going into singles, but you always have to be cautious when you're up 3-0 because you can deflate a little bit."
Cameron's advantage paid dividends as the play warmed up under the Oklahoman sun and WNMU would take the four-slot 7-5, 6-1, and the top singles slot 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Felipe Oyarzun, who was celebrating his birthday on Monday, gave Cameron their fourth point in the three slot 6-4, 6-4 and the Ags needed one more win to clinch the regional win.
Later in the six-slot, Dean Weigelt would win a second-set tie-breaker 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) to punch CU's ticket to the Sunshine State.
"We had a little bit of a lull earlier in the singles, but we're strong in singles so I knew we could work it," Helvey said. "Anyone of these guys could've won their matches. When we saw that Dean and Felipe both won their first sets, we knew that it was going to happen there"."
Cameron climbs to 18-8 overall while Western New Mexico ends its season with a 13-9 record.