No. 22 Sewanee advances to the regional final with a 5-3 NCAA Tournament win over No. 29 W&L

No. 22 Sewanee advances to the regional final with a 5-3 NCAA Tournament win over No. 29 W&L

ATLANTA (May 3, 2017) – The No. 22 ranked Sewanee men's tennis team advanced to Sunday's NCAA Tournament Regional championship match with a 5-3 win over long-time rival No. 29 ranked Washington & Lee, Saturday.

With the victory, the Tigers improved to 22-3 this season and completed a season sweep over the Generals.

Sewanee and W&L split the first two doubles matches. Jack Gray and Alejandro Becker defeated W&L's Charlie Kittredge and Will Bannister 8-5 at No. 1 The Generals tied the match at No. 2 when Jordan Krasner and Mitchell Thomas outlasted Andres Carro and Jordan Brewer by the same score.

With the Tigers leading 7-6 at No. 3 doubles, the match was stopped due to lightning around the Emory campus. That moved the contest indoors after a 30-minute delay.

Out of the break, Avery Schober and Aubrey Davis finished off Thomas Harmon and Mac Zheng in a long 9-8 (8-6) tiebreaker.

Needing three singles wins, Sewanee pulled in front 3-2 after Schober topped Krasner at No. 1, 6-4, 6-1. Bannister tied the match for W&L a court over when he defeated Carro at No. 2, 7-5, 6-1.

However, the Generals' momentum would not last as Gray rolled past Zack Ely at No. 3, 6-4, 6-3 and Jordan Brewer hammered Mitchell Thomas at No. 5 with a pair of 6-2 set wins.

Sewanee and No. 2 ranked Emory will meet in the Sweet Sixteen at noon (EST), Sunday.

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