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Radford Captures Big South Crown
Courtesy: UNCABulldogs.com
Release: 04/21/2012
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Top-seeded Radford captured its second straight Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over No. 7 Presbyterian College at the Asheville Racquet Club South.

Radford moves to 20-5 while PC ends its season at 13-16, the most wins in one season during its Division I history.

Radford earns its second straight Big South Conference Championship and its fifth in the last six tries. The Highlanders will await the May 1 announcement of their first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament.

The Highlanders took the doubles point by winning at the first and third flights. Nicholas Sayer and Thomas Dehaen edged Berghaus and Mills, 8-6, while Patrick O’Keefe and Joe Mills knocked off Nathan Crocker and Edward Snead IV, 8-4.

In singles action, Radford’s Stijn Meulemans dispatched William O’Connell at the third flight, 6-1, 6-2, to give the Highlanders a 2-0 dual match advantage. Igor Ogrizek then bested Rafael Berghaus at the second flight, 6-4, 6-3. Dehaen sealed the championship at No. 4 by downing Andrew Brigham in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

PC’s Grayson Mills took Nicholas Sayer to a final set at the top flight before Radford’s victory halted play.

Radford University 4, Presbyterian College 0

Singles competition
1. Sayer, Nicholas (RADFORD) vs. MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 6-3, 3-6, unfinished
2. Ogrizek, Igor (RADFORD) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael (PCM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Meulemans, Stijn (RADFORD) def. O'CONNELL, William (PCM) 6-1, 6-2
4. Dehaen, Thomas (RADFORD) def. BRIGHAM, Andrew (PCM) 6-2, 6-4
5. Mills, Joe (RADFORD) vs. SPROUSE, Zachary (PCM) 6-3, 1-1, unfinished
6. O'Keefe, Patrick (RADFORD) vs. ASIS, Gonzalo (PCM) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Sayer, Nicholas/Dehaen, Thomas (RADFORD) def. BERGHAUS, Rafael/MILLS, Grayson (PCM) 8-6
2. Meulemans, Stijn/Ogrizek, Igor (RADFORD) vs. BRIGHAM, Andrew/O'CONNELL, William (PCM) 6-5, unfinished
3. Mills, Joe/O'Keefe, Patrick (RADFORD) def. CROCKER, Nathan/SNEAD, Edward (PCM) 8-4
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