MOUNT PLEASANT - The College of Charleston Cougars topped Samford, 4-0, to win the Southern Conference men’s tennis tournament today, earning a berth in the NCAA championships.
It is the Cougars’ first tournament title since 2003 and their second since joining the conference.
Both College of Charleston and Samford went 9-1 in league play during the regular season and the Cougars claimed a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs on March 23. The two squads also entered today’s match with identical 17-4 records.
The title match began with the Cougars winning the doubles point thanks to victories at No. 1 and No. 3. Alon Faiman and Stephen Hardy beat Carson Kadi and Fernando Costa 8-5 at No. 3 for CofC’s first win of the day. Mickael Trintignac and Kyle Parker later scored an 8-5 victory over Zac Dunkle and Alexander Sajonz at No. 3 to clinch the point.
Billy Kenny pushed the Cougars ahead 2-0 after downing Garrison Laduca at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-1). After dropping the first set, Tom Delme rallied for a 2-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1 win over Kadi at No. 2. With three other matches in the third set, Faiman was able to hold off Sajonz at No. 5 (6-4, 1-6, 6-2) to give the Cougars their fourth point.
Delme was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after going 3-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles this week.
Selections and pairings for the NCAA tournament will be announced May 1.