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April 21, 2011

OC tennis teams claim regional

OKLA. CITY — The No. 5 ranked Oklahoma Christian women’s and men’s tennis teams both won their respective Unaffiliated Group 3 and Unaffiliated Group 4 regional tournaments on Wednesday to qualify for the NAIA national tournament.

On Tuesday, both squads played their way to semifinal victories to qualify for the championship round on Wednesday.

The Lady Eagles dominated their quarterfinal match against John Brown University (Ark.) shutting them out 9-0 and winning all games but one before going on to their semifinal round against Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho).

Against Lewis-Clark State, the OC women again dominated and all six Lady Eagles won quick two-set victories in singles play. The Lady Eagles went 2-for-3 in doubles play to take the 8-1 match.

On the men’s side of things the Eagles saw a similar quarterfinal victory over John Brown University (Ark.) as they shut out the Golden Eagles 9-0. The Eagles lost only two games during the match with nearly every set being a shutout.

Advancing to the semifinal round against Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas), the Eagles again pulled out a shutout performance winning 9-0 to qualify themselves for the championship match.

The OC tennis squads again showed little mercy in their championship rounds on Wednesday as the Lady Eagles faced Southern Nazarene University and the Eagles played Lewis-Clark State College.

The Lady Eagles started things off with two out of three doubles victories before heading into singles play. OC’s teams of Hermon Brhane and Lucie Sipkova along with Maryfer Abreu-Roman and Marta Contel-Miranzo won 8-4 and 9-7 respective victories.

For singles, Miller showcased a shutout 6-0, 6-0 victory while Contel-Miranzo came close winning 6-0, 6-1. Brhane and Constantinescu also won dominating two-set victories as well on the Lady Eagles’ way to the 8-1 championship finish.

The Eagles ran into little resistance against Lewis-Clark State again taking a 9-0 shutout victory for the championship. In singles play, OC’s Esteban Flores and Andre Guzman both took 6-1, 6-1 victories while Thomas Van Cauter, Martin Poboril, and Renardy Guelfi won 6-1, 6-2. Bruno Tiberti won out with a 6-4, 6-2 performance.

For doubles, Van Cauter teamed with Pier Marco Pieracciani and Guelfi teamed with Flores to both win out 8-1. Poboril and Tiberti also came out on top with an 8-4 victory.

With both the women’s and men’s squads winning their respective regional championship, they each qualified for the NAIA national tournament scheduled to take place on May 17-21 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

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