MACON, Ga. -- Top-seeded ETSU slipped past No. 2 Furman, 4-2, Saturday in the Southern Conference championship match at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon, Ga.
The Bucs (20-4, 7-0 SoCon), winners of back to back titles, earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Paladins conclude their season at 17-5 overall and 6-1 in league play.
Furman won two doubles matches to take the opening point. Sophomore Ivan Mitric and junior Jake Munns defeated Miguel Este and Chris Mikrovas, 6-2, at number one, and sophomores Henrik Atlevi and Drew Singerman topped Sergi Fontcuberta and David Gonzalez, 6-2, at flight three. The flight two match was unfinished with juniors Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson tied at 4-all with Frazier Rengifo and Yusuf Khamis.
Este put ETSU on the board with a 7-5, 6-1 advantage over freshman James Roelofse at flight six singles, and the Bucs stretched the lead to 2-1 when Rengifo came from behind for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mitric at flight one.
Furman's Drew Singerman tied the match at 2-all with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, win versus Gonzalez at flight six, but ETSU grabbed the next two points for the victory. Juan Lugo outlasted Munns, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, at flight three, then Fontcuberta held off Wilson, 6-7, 7-6, 6-1, to clinch the win.
The flight five match was unfinished, with Khamis leading Bhangdia, 6-7, 6-2, 5-4.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
ETSU 4, Furman 2
Apr 20, 2019 at Macon, Ga. (John Drew Smith Tennis Center)
1. Frazier Rengifo (ETSU) def. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSU) def. Clarke Wilson (FUR) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
3. Juan Lugo (ETSU) def. Jake Munns (FUR) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
4. Yusuf Khamis (ETSU) vs. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
5. Drew Singerman (FUR) def. David Gonzalez (ETSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
6. Miguel Este (ETSU) def. James Roelofse (FUR) 7-5, 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,5,3,2)