CONCORDIA AND PHILADELPHIA TO MEET FOR CACC MEN'S TENNIS TITLE
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Concordia College and Philadelphia University will meet for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Tennis Championship for the second straight season Thursday at 3:00 pm at Chestnut Hill College. Both teams won their semi-final matches Tuesday afternoon to earn a spot in the finale. The Clippers defeated the Rams, 5-0, in last season's championship.
Concordia, the tournament's top seed and third-ranked team in the country, punched its ticket with a 5-0 win over No. 4 Chestnut Hill College. The Clippers took all three doubles matches by scores of 8-1, 8-2 and 8-2 to start the action.
Junior Andrey Boldarev notched his second victory of the day at No. 1 singles (he also won at No. 1 doubles), taking Mario Gutierrez, 6-2, 6-0. Soon after, junior Geza Bazula earned a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Joson Villafuerte at the No. 2 spot to clinch the win for Concordia.
Concordia is now 20-2 on the season, while the Griffins, who are ranked eighth in the region, fall to 9-13.
Philadelphia, the No. 2 seed for the tournament, got past No. 3 University of the Sciences by a 5-2 count. This will be PhilaU's third straight appearance in the championship match, having won the title in 2009. The Rams, ranked seventh in the East Region, went up 2-1 in doubles as the #2 team of sophomore Kyle Burke and junior Ryan Christopher won 8-5 and the #3 combo of seniors Seppi Hutter and Tom McAvoy picked up an 8-0 win.
In singles, #4 Christopher won 6-0, 6-0, #3 junior Manoli Sgouros claimed a 6-1, 6-4 victory, and #6 Hutter also got a win by a 6-2, 6-0 score.
The Devils got wins from No. 2 David Kazekevich and the No. 1 doubles team of Kazekevich and Alvaro Vargas.
Philadelphia is now 17-5 this season, while USciences fell to 9-7.