VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State advanced to its third straight NCAA Championship appearance as the Blazers swept Delta State 5-0 in NCAA Men’s Tennis South Region play at the VSU Tennis Courts Friday morning.
The Blazers opened the match with victories in all three doubles matches, including at No. 1 where Joerg Ekkenga and Leos Jelinek downed Pascal LaPlace and Rafael Weigard 8-0. Florian Halb and Richard Malobicky topped Kirill Pervoun and Julien Beckensteiner 8-3 at No. 2 while Otto Lenhart and Michael Kuech claimed an 8-2 victory over Thiago Marion and Felipe Fonseca at No. 3.
Valdosta State closed out the match with a pair of straight set victories in singles action. Kuech defeated Marion 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles while Ben Cattan downed Fonseca by the same score at No. 6.
VSU, which won the 2006 national championship while finishing second in 2004 and 2007, advances to its sixth Championship event in the last eight years. The Blazers return to action Wednesday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. when they play the winner of Friday’s Bloomsburg-Bryant match, which pits the No. 2 versus No. 3 teams out of the East Region.