Tennis 'Cats Win MEC Championship Over Charleston, 5-3

Tennis 'Cats Win MEC Championship Over Charleston, 5-3

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—West Virginia Wesleyan rallied from an early deficit to secure a 5-3 win over the University of Charleston in Sunday's MEC Men's Tennis Tournament Championship. 
 
The Golden Eagles grabbed an early advantage in doubles play.

Ben Lakeman and Alek Gracin picked up an 8-3 win in No. 2 doubles while Alec Foote and Dominick Centofanti edged Nathan Sabate and Alexander Lyudinovskiy 8-6 in No. 1 doubles action. 

Ferran Berga and Jacobo Rendon teamed up for an 8-3 win in the No. 3 spot, but Charleston held a 2-1 lead at the end of doubles play.  
 
The Bobcats battled back in singles competition.

Berga downed Guilhelme Albertinazzi 6-0, 6-1 in No. 6 singles and Lyudinovskiy topped Cenotfanti 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot. 

Ramon Rodriguez outlasted Gracin 6-4, 6-1; giving West Virginia Wesleyan a 4-2 edge. 

Lakeman toppled Lukas Laipold 6-3, 6-4 in No. 2 singles to put the Golden Eagles within striking distance, but a 6-3, 6-4 win by Rendon in No. 5 singles secured the victory for West Virginia Wesleyan. 

"Our freshmen played so well and really, our depth just took over today," remarked head coach Marc Walters. "Our guys played about as well as they possibly could. I am just so proud of the team right now and the progess we have made this season."
 
The Bobcats secured an automatic berth into this year's NCAA Tournament with the win.
 
#2 West Virginia Wesleyan 5, #4 Charleston, 3 
Doubles
#1 Foote/Centofanti (UC) def. Sabate/Lyudinovskiy (WVWC), 8-6
#2 Lakeman/Gracin (UC) def. Rodriguez/Laipold (WVWC), 8-3
#3 Berga/Rendon (WVWC) def. Humphrey/Prince (UC), 8-3

Singles
#2 Ben Lakeman (UC) def. Lukas Laipold (WVWC), 6-3, 6-4
#3 Ramon Rodriguez (WVWC) def. Alek Gracin (UC), 6-4, 6-1
#4 Alexander Lyudinovskiy (WVWC) def. Dominick Centofanti (UC), 7-5, 6-2
#5 Jacobo Rendon (WVWC) def. Jamie Gibson (UC), 6-3, 6-4
#6 Ferran Berga (WVWC) def. Guilhelme Albertinazzi (UC), 6-0, 6-1


 
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,3,2,5)