CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Top-seeded East Tennessee State slipped past third-seeded Furman, 4-2, Sunday in the finals of the Southern Conference Championships at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. With the win, the Bucs claimed the SoCon's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
The Paladins jumped out to an early advantage in doubles, as senior Cameron Green and junior Jake Munns blanked Juan Lugo and Tasei Miyamoto, 6-0, at flight one, but the Bucs answered with wins at flights two and three to take the point. Robert Herrera and Miguel Este teamed up for a 6-3 victory over freshmen Ivan Mitric and Drew Singerman at flight two, and Sergi Fontcuberta and David Gonzalez topped sophomores Jake Bhangdia and Clarke Wilson, 6-2, at number three.
ETSU claimed the first two singles points to take a 3-0 lead, as Lugo defeated Munns, 6-4, 6-2, at flight two, and Gonzalez held off Singerman, 7-6, 6-3, at flight four. Furman answered with two singles victories to cut the deficit to 3-2. Green outlasted Herrera, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, in the top-seeded contest, then Wilson notched a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Miyamoto at number five.
Este clinched the win for ETSU with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 advantage versus Bhangdia at flight six.
The flight three match was unfinished. Fontcuberta took the first set, 6-2, but Mitric answered with a 6-2 win in the second set. The duo was tied at 5-5 in the third set.
Furman concludes the season at 19-8 overall and 5-2 in the SoCon.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
ETSU 4, Furman 2
Apr 22, 2018 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (McCallie School)
1. Cameron Green (FUR) def. Robert Herrera (ETSU) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
2. Juan Lugo (ETSU) def. Jake Munns (FUR) 6-4, 6-2
3. Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSU) vs. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-2, 2-6, 5-5, unfinished
4. David Gonzalez (ETSU) def. Drew Singerman (FUR) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
5. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Tasei Miyamoto (ETSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
6. Miguel Este (ETSU) def. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4,1,5,6)