SAVANNAH, GA. - No. 25-ranked Lees-McRae moved into the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships with a 5-0 blanking of Conference Carolinas rival and No. 24-ranked Anderson in NCAA Southeast Regional action on Thursday morning at Bacon Park.
The Bobcats (16-5) pulled off the impressive task of knocking off the Trojans (13-9) for the third time this season and the second straight match as the two teams met in the Conference Carolinas championship match in April - a 5-4 win by Lees-McRae - but today's match had little of that drama.
Lees-McRae collected a quick 3-0 lead after doubles. Steve Karendal and Travis VanHoy notched an 8-3 win over Renato Assuncao and Ilya Zakharov at No. 1 doubles, while Shaun Sumner and Marko Zivkovic also claimed an 8-3 win, downing Daniel Gonzalez and Deni Mehagic at No. 3 doubles. Alex Hayes and Nandor Solymosi completed the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Stan Atema and John Karle at No. 2 doubles.
The Bobcats then won all six first sets in singles, and claimed the victory with wins at No. 2 singles by Sumner over Zakharov, 6-1, 6-1, and at No. 4 singles with Zivkovic over Karle, 6-3, 6-1.
This is the second straight year that Lees-McRae has advanced to the second round; up next for the Bobcats is a date with two-time defending DII national champion and top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. The two teams met earlier this season, with AASU claiming a 9-0 win back on April 5.
2010 NCAA Southeast Regional
Lees-McRae vs Anderson Trojans (May 05, 2010)
#25 Lees-McRae 5, #24 Anderson Trojans 0
May 05, 2010 at Savannah, Ga. (Bacon Park)
1. Renato Assuncao (AU) vs. #16 Nandor Solymosi (LMC) 4-6, 1-4, unfinished
2. Shaun Sumner (LMC) def. Ilya Zakharov (AU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Stan Atema (AU) vs. Travis VanHoy (LMC) 4-6, 2-1, unfinished
4. Marko Zivkovic (LMC) def. John Karle (AU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Deni Mehagic (AU) vs. Steve Karendal (LMC) 4-6, 6-2, unfinished
6. Daniel Gonzalez (AU) vs. Alex Hayes (LMC) 3-6, 3-4, unfinished
1. Steve Karendal/Travis VanHoy (LMC) def. Renato Assuncao/Ilya Zakharov (AU) 8-3
2. Alex Hayes/Nandor Solymosi (LMC) def. Stan Atema/John Karle (AU) 8-5
3. Shaun Sumner/Marko Zivkovic (LMC) def. Daniel Gonzalez/Deni Mehagic (AU) 8-3
Lees-McRae 16-5; National ranking #25
Anderson Trojans 13-9; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4)
2010 NCAA Southeast Regional - First Round