CONWAY, Ark. (April 23, 2017) – For the fifth straight season, the No. 18 ranked Sewanee men's tennis team won the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship. On Sunday, the nationally-ranked Tigers completed the drive for five with a 5-1 win over Millsaps.
The Tigers have earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Sewanee is currently 21-3 overall with all three defeats against nationally-ranked opponents.
Sewanee opened the match with a strong performance at No. 2 doubles. Andres Carro and Jordan Brewer defeated Diego Marti-Vertiz and Brandon Beck at No. 2, 8-2. A court over at No. 3, Avery Schober and Fletcher Kerr lost to Henry Friedler and Jacob Niehaus 8-4.
That set up a key match in the final doubles contest. At No. 1, Jack Gray and Alejandro Becker fought off two service points and was down 6-3 during the tiebreaker to rally for a 9-8 (8-6) win against Alex Centurion and Davis Plummer.
In singles, Sewanee completed the win as Brewer swept Avinash Ananth 6-0, 6-0, No. 24 Schober topped Mart-Vertiz 6-3, 6-0, and Scott Gallimore earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Josh Shearin.