Full Bracket | Match Replay | Box Score

Orlando, Fla. – For the first time since 2011, the Valdosta State University Blazer’s have been crowned NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis National Champions after taking down Flagler College in today’s championship match at Sanlando Park in Orlando, Florida.

As the top two seeded teams in the draw, Flagler came into the match as the No. 1 seed having gone 22-2 this point in the season, while the Blazers, who entered as the No. 2 seed, sported a 25-3 overall record including wins in their previous 15 dual matches.

Having already played once this season, it was Flagler who got the better of Valdosta State at the 2024 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, winning 4-3 over the Blazers after taking singles wins on courts No. 1, No. 2, No. 5, and No. 6 to win the match.

In today’s doubles action, it was Valdosta State who looked eager to avenge this previous loss, coming out of the gates firing with 6-2 set wins on doubles courts No. 2 and No. 3 to take the early lead in the match. However, knowing that they also took the doubles point back in February, the Blazers knew that they must carry this momentum into singles play if they wanted to be the ones lifting the National Championship at the end of the match.

With four of the six singles matches ending in straight sets, it was the Blazers picking up two points on courts No. 2 and No. 3, while the Saints took points on courts No. 1 and No. 5 to move the overall match score to 3-2 in favor of Valdosta State.

Fighting back on court No. 4 to draw the match level at 3-3, all sights now turned to court No. 6 where Christian Wedel (Valdosta State) was battling it out with Aly El Rafie (Flagler) to decide the match.

After both players traded breaks to begin the match, it was ultimately Wedel who was able to take control of the final set, going on to win 6-3 in the set and 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the match to secure the National Championship for Valdosta State.

The championship marks the third NCAA Championship in Valdosta State program history, and is the ninth overall NCAA Championship in athletics history at Valdosta State.

More information about the match and Valdosta State’s road to the final can be found below.

Box Score

Doubles No. 1 – Rodrigo Carvalho and Luca Mack (VSU) vs. Philipp Lemken and Simon Malis (FC), 5-3 (unf)
Doubles No. 2 – Takeshi Taco and Xaveam Van Wijk (VSU) def. Illian Borlee and Baptiste Mercier (FC), 6-2
Doubles No. 3 – Jan Skerbatis and Boruch Skierkier (VSU) def. Makary Adamek and Jacopo Denitto (FC), 6-2

Singles No. 1 – Jacopo Denitto (FC) def. Luca Mack (VSU), 7-5, 6-4
Singles No. 2 – Boruch Skierkier (VSU) def. Baptiste Mercier (FC), 6-2, 6-3
Singles No. 3 – Takeshi Taco (VSU) def. Simon Malis (FC), 6-0, 6-4
Singles No. 4 – Illian Borlee (FC) def. Rodrigo Carvalho (VSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Singles No. 5 – Philipp Lemken (FC) def. Jerome Iaconi (VSU), 6-1, 6-3
Singles No. 6 – Christian Wedel (VSU) def. Aly El Rafie (FC), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Road To The Final

Round One: defeated Spring Hill 4-0
Round Two: defeated Barry 4-0
Round Three: defeated Jefferson 4-0
Quarterfinals: defeated Charleston (WV) 4-0
Semifinals: defeated Saint Leo 4-3
Finals: defeated Flagler 4-3

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