NW tennis

The Northwest men’s tennis team won the Central Region championship on Saturday.

The Northwest Missouri State men’s tennis team is headed to the national quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament after capturing a 4-2 win over Southern Arkansas in Saturday’s Central Region championship.

Northwest (16-4) also reached the national quarterfinals in 2014 and 2016. It will take place from May 18-20 in Surprise, Arizona.

Northwest gained an early edge by scoring the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, Andrea Zamurri and Franco Oliva combined to tally a 6-4 victory. At No. 3 doubles, Agustin Velasco and Fabien Calloud collected a 6-3 triumph.

Calloud kept the Bearcat train rolling with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles over SAU’s Yuri Gondouin. No. 3 Franco Oliva and No. 5 Martin Sanchez, who clinched the match with a win, claimed singles victories.

Zamurri dropped his first match of the season at No. 1 singles when he fell to SAU’s Sander by the count of 6-2, 6-2. The loss dropped Zamurri’s mark to 18-1 on the year. Fillippo Piranomonte also lost at No. 4 singles.

Brandon Zenner can be reached at brandon.zenner@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowZenner.

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