TULSA, Okla. – The No. 7 Lewis-Clark State College women’s tennis team clinched an automatic berth to nationals with a 5-2 win over No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday. The No. 12 men’s team narrowly fell to No. 16 Oklahoma Baptist 5-4 in its regional title match.
Thanks to the victory, the Warrior women will be making their 19th overall appearance at the NAIA National Tournament, which will be held May 14-16 in Mobile, Ala.
Because of rain delays Saturday’s matches were halted as soon as one team reached five points.
The Warrior women took two of the three doubles matches and then Rye Hewett (No. 4), Deanri Human (No. 5), and Florencia Martina (No. 6) picked up the needed points in singles.
The men’s contest was extremely hard fought as Oklahoma Baptist claimed two doubles points, but the Warriors rallied to win three points in singles. Lincoln Gay (No. 3), Alberto Sanz (No. 5), and Haseeb Khan (No. 6) claimed singles wins. LCSC’s Quentin Wacquez nearly pulled out his match and punched the team’s ticket to nationals, however, he fell in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (3).
Lewis-Clark State’s men’s team must now count on receiving an at-large berth if it hopes to make its 22nd overall appearance at the national tournament.
Lewis-Clark State 5, Oklahoma Baptist 2
1. Anastasiia Baranova/Lilian Fereirrera (OBU) def. Dorothy Chong/Livia Blasque 8-1
2. Bryn Oliveira/Rye Hewett (LCSC) def. Lambolen Rodriguez/Mariana Rosa 8-1
3. Deanri Human/Florencia Martina (LCSC) def. Elisa Brito/Ashlyne Abbe 8-4
1. Anastaasiia Baranova (OBU) def. Dorothy Chong 6-4, 6-1
2. Livia Blasque (LCSC) vs. Lilian Fereirrera 6-7, 7-5, 2-3 DNF
3. Bryn Oliveira (LCSC) vs. Mariana Rosa 7-6, 4-4 DNF
4. Rye Hewett (LCSC) def. Elisa Brito 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
5. Deanri Human (LCSC) def. Ashlyne Abbe 6-2, 6-2
6. Florencia Martina (LCSC) def. Kelsi Lord 6-2, 6-1
Oklahoma Baptist 5, Lewis-Clark State 4
1. Marco Carvajal/Dario Macanovic (OBU) def. Anders Tischer/Jeff Lowndes 8-4
2. Gonzalo Garzon/Agustin Janssen (OBU) def. Lincoln Gay/Haseeb Khan 8-3
3. Sam Tozer/Quentin Wacquez (LCSC) def. Francisco DaSilva/Jacb Allbritton 8-1
1. Marco Carvajal (OBU) def. Anders Tischer 6-1, 6-1
2. Gonzalo Garzon (OBU) def. Sam Tozer 6-1, 6-1
3. Lincoln Gay (LCSC) def. Dario Macanovic 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
4. Agustin Janssen (OBU) def. Quentin Wacquez 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (3)
5. Alberto Sanz (LCSC) def. Rolt Byerly 6-0, 6-1
6. Haseeb Khan (LCSC) def. Francisco DaSilva 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4)