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No. 17 Lindsey Wilson Takes Down 10th-Ranked Union, 5-3

May 02, 2011
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May 2, 2011

Story courtesy of Lindsey Wilson Sports Information

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - No. 17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) earned a trip to the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship with a pair of wins April 30 at the Unaffiliated Group No. 6 Tournament at Champions Club.

The second-seeded Blue Raiders disposed of Tennessee Wesleyan, 6-3, in the tournament's semifinals on Saturday morning and closed the day with a 5-3 win over No. 10-ranked and top-seeded Union (Ky.) to claim the title.

Lindsey Wilson advances to the National Championship held May 17-21 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

In the semifinals, the Blue Raiders top four players each tasted victory twice en route to the 6-3 win over Tennessee Wesleyan (11-6).

Lindsey Wilson's top doubles team Andrews Moraes and Andre Santos won handling 8-3 over Tennessee Wesleyan's Giovanni Santos and Juan Estevez. At No. 2 doubles, Victor Saez and Fabricio Morales won 8-6 over Nick Fynn David Escobosa to give the Blue Raiders a pair of points after doubles play.

Tennessee Wesleyan's Tanner Stancil and Eric Chastain earned their team's only doubles point with an 8-0 win over Jacob Bryant and Clinton Berry.

In singles, Lindsey Wilson won at the top four spots to close the match with a 6-3 win. Morales, Moraes, Saez and Santos each won in straight sets to punch the Blue Raiders' ticket into the finals.

In almost a carbon copy of the semifinals, the top of the Blue Raiders' lineup led the team a 5-3 win over favorite Union.

Once again, the top two doubles seeds for the Blue Raiders (14-5) won by identical 8-4 scores to give Lindsey Wilson a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.

Saez and Santos pushed the Lindsey Wilson total to four wins after their straight-set wins at the No. 3 and 4 singles matches.

Morales closed out the win with a 6-2, 6-0 dominating performance over Union's No. 1 seed Nicolas Ernst.

The win is the Blue Raiders 12th-straight heading into national tournament play.