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.