VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State finished the weekend with another win for the men (7-2) and a loss for the women (2-7) against conference rival West Florida.
The Valdosta State men jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. No. 2 Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen were first to finish with an 8-2 victory over Leandro Ferreira and Andrey Pozhidaev. In the third spot, Konstantin Kutschenko and Otto Lenhart fought to an 8-6 victory over Mike Lue and Lukas Larsson.
No. 3 Philip Pakebusch and Luis Loeffler, playing in the second doubles spot, fell to Jose Carlos Tolentin and Domenico Sano, 8-5.
In singles play, VSU secured the victory with three consecutive wins from Loeffler, Pakebusch and Dueren. No. 22 Loeffler, playing at the four spot, defeated Sean Gunnels, 6-0, 6-2. No. 6 Pakebusch was next to finish with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Ferreira. No. 8 Dueren secured the match for VSU with straight 6-4, 6-4 sets over No. 20 Pozhidaev.
The Blazers kept the pedal down, gunning for more. No. 25 Hansen, in the third position, beat Tolentin, 6-4, 7-5. Kutschenko then earned another VSU points with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Mike Lue.
West Florida was able to earn the last point, however, thanks to a Domenico Sano defeat of Bernhard Wallner, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Sarah Braun showed well for VSU Sunday. She teamed with Alina Nagel to take down Taylor Brewster and Caitlyn Baines, 9-7, in top doubles for VSU’s first point of the day. Then she earned Valdosta State’s second point in top singles with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Yana Bokareva.
Those would be the only points Valdosta State would score against West Florida as all the other singles matches went to the Argos as well as the second and third doubles matches.
Both doubles fell, 8-4. In singles, Nagel made a solid showing, forcing a tiebreaker in the first set. She fell, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, to Brewster. In the third slot Nicole Hernandez lost, 6-1, 6-2. Jessica Tuggle fell in the fourth spot, 6-0, 6-1, to Baines. Leslie Roberge was defeated by Jacqueline March, 6-0, 6-1, and Jahyna Pope lost to Mariana Sonnervig, 6-2, 6-0.
Valdosta State will go to the road for its next matches. The Blazers will face Lambuth at 2 p.m. Friday.