Men's tennis claims 11th-straight MSC Tournament Championship with 5-3 win over No. 6 Cumberland
Sat, Apr. 26, 2014
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Courtesy: Lindsey Wilson Sports Information
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- No. 7 Lindsey Wilson men's tennis team claimed its 11th-straight Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship with a 5-3 win over No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.) University on Saturday at the Lackey Tennis Center in Georgetown.
Lindsey Wilson (16-2) was able to avenge a regular season loss to Cumberland with today's 5-3 win in the MSC Tournament finals. The Blue Raiders took a 2-1 lead after the doubles competitions. In the No. 2 doubles match, Pablo Borrero and Andres Burgos defeated the Lindsey Wilson tandem of Edberg Espinoza and Pablo Vilches 8-2 to give Cumberland a 1-0 lead.
The ninth-ranked doubles team of Fabricio Morales and Francisco Charters gave the Blue Raiders its first point of the match with an 8-6 win over Antonio Manuel-Marcelo and Pedro Rorigues in the No. 1 doubles match.
Raul Mendez and Ignacio Huertas went to a tie-breaker in the No. 3 doubles match against Diogo Soares and Garry Tokas. Mendez and Huertas took a 7-6 lead into the 14th game of the match before Cumberland took the next two games to take an 8-7 lead. Mendez and Huertas tied it at 8-8 to force the tie-breaker. Soares and Tokas took a 5-3 lead until Mendez and Huertas won four straight points - the final point on a double-fault - to give Lindsey Wilson a 2-1 lead heading into the singles matches.
Cumberland tied the match 2-2 after Rodrigues defeated Mendez 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles spot.
Huertas responded in the No. 6 singles spot for as he defeated Tokas 6-3, 6-4 to give Lindsey Wilson a 3-2 lead with four matches to finish.
In the No. 1 singles spot, 12th-ranked Marcelo of Cumberland tied the match back up at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 36th-ranked Espinoza.
At No. 4 singles, Charters took the first set over Soares 6-3, but was forced to a tie-breaker in the second set. Charters won the tie-breaker 7-4 and the set 7-6 to give Lindsey Wilson the lead again, 4-3.
With two singles matches yet to finish, Morales defeated Borrero 6-2, 7-5 in the No. 2 singles spot to secure an 11th-straight MSC Tournament title for Lindsey Wilson with a 5-3 win over Cumberland.
The No. 5 singles match that had started did not finish because the fifth and final point was captured to end the match.
With the tournament win the Blue Raiders secured an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.
Lindsey Wilson men's and women's head tennis coach Sachin Kirtane won his 200th career match as head coach with the men's MSC tournament title. As women's coach he has a combined 32 victories in two seasons at Lindsey Wilson and a combined 168 men's victories between Lindsey Wilson and University of Northern Iowa.
Lindsey Wilson returns to the court May 13 for the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship in Mobile, Ala.