ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Second-ranked Valdosta State rolled to a 5-1 victory over Queen's College in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships Wednesday morning at Sanlando Park.
The Blazers, who improved their record to 18-1 on the season, opened the match by winning two of the three doubles points. Philip Pakebusch and Luis Loeffler, the 12th-ranked doubles pair in the nation, opened the scoring with an 8-1 victory over Queen's College's Fabio Minami and Andre Pellegrino while VSU's Bernhard Wallner and Otto Lenhart overcame an early deficit to defeat Diego Medrano and David Burstein 8-5 at the No. 3 spot. The surprise of the match came at No. 1 doubles where Atilla Toth and Nikolaj Wulff, who entered the match ranked 29th nationally, upset No. 2 Daniel Dueren and Christian Hansen 8-5.
Valdosta State wasted little time in finishing out the match as the Blazers claimed the first set in all six singles matches before closing out the victories at No. 2, 4 and 6.
Dueren, the nation's 19th-ranked singles player, rebounded from doubles loss to put VSU up 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Wulff at No. 2 while Loeffler, who is ranked No. 30, defeated Minami by the same score at No. 4. Lenhart sealed the victory for Valdosta State as he defeated Pellegrino 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6.
Valdosta State advances to Thursday's NCAA Quarterfinal round, where it will meet No. 15 St. Edwards at 9:00 a.m. SEU defeated Drury 5-1 on Wednesday to advance to meet the Blazers. Fans wishing to follow the match can do so via Live Stats at https://admin.xosn.com/fls/19500/2011NCAATennis/men.htm.