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Otterbein Athletics | May 9, 2014

Otterbein is first team to win in NCAA tournament

  Will Willson wins first singles and first doubles against Messiah.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Otterbein made a little history Friday in advancing into the second round of the NCAA Division III championships with a 5-0 win against Messiah.

The team, making the program's first trip to the NCAAs, will go down in the Otterbein record book as the first to win at the NCAAs.

The Cardinals, riding a 10-match winning streak, improved to 19-4 overall and will face host Carnegie Mellon at 10 a.m. ET, Saturday in the second round. The Tartans, ranked fifth in the nation, received an at-large bid and a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament.

Otterbein wasted little time Friday, quickly moving through doubles play with wins on all three courts.

Will Willson and David Seckel scored Otterbein's first point with an 8-0 win at first doubles. Courts two and three followed in order with a pair of 8-2 wins -- Ryan Shutt and Zach McDivitt at second doubles, and Tyler Gibbons and Kendall Coffman at third doubles.

Willson extended Otterbein's lead to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 win at first singles, and Seckel closed out the match with a 6-0, 6-2 win at third singles.