Columbus State Cougars Crowned Champions

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On Sunday at the ITA Division II National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, Columbus State avenged their 4-3 loss to Barry in the finals of the 2019 NCAA championship. The No. 1 and No. 2 seed teams squared off just before noon at the OKC Tennis Center to determine who would claim the bragging rights of being the first DII Indoor champion.

From the first serve, the Buccaneers and Cougars were ready to compete. After over an hour of play in doubles, the Cougars secured the doubles point. The programs split on courts two and three leaving the decision to No. 1 doubles. Regalado/Cueto Ramos won a marathon of a tiebreaker, 15-13, after Barry’s Gomez hit the ball into the net on his return. Barry saved match point six times before the Cougars were able to close it out.

Feeding off of the momentum from doubles, Columbus State came out hot in singles. The top half of Columbus State’s lineup got it done for them in straight sets.

No. 2 Regalado easily took care of No. 1 Ibanez. Ibanez struggled to find answers for Regalado’s shots and as a result lost 6-1, 6-2. Asdrubal was next to record a win. The sophomore handled Barry’s Montrieul to the tune of 6-2, 6-1. The victory came on court three for the Cougars. Garay flew through his second set to clinch the match 6-1, 6-3.

Columbus State did not allow their opponents to score a single point throughout the championship.

The Division II Men’s Indoors was hosted by Midwestern State at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

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