CAYCE, S.C. - The South Carolina State Bulldogs defeated the Norfolk State Spartans, 4-1, to win the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Tennis Championship title on Sunday at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center. The title is the seventh consecutive and the 12th overall for the Bulldogs.
The SCSU Lady Bulldogs defeated the Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats, 4-2, to win the 2014 MEAC Women’s Tennis Title, their 10th consecutive and the 11th overall.
SCSU's men took an early 1-0 lead over Norfolk State with wins at the number one and two doubles positions. Martin Kobza and Jiri Stiburek knocked off Dzmitry Zyhmantovich, 8-3, while Daniel Vala and Martin Figura defeated Igor Braga and Robin Riethmueller, 8-3.
In singles play, the Bulldogs grabbed the win with victories at the number four, five and six positions. Norfolk State picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at number two as Pascal Domnik knocked off Jiri Stiburek, 6-2, 6-1.
SCSU's Soufiane Mouline defeated Igor Braga, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, while Vala topped Peter Pello, 6-1, 6-1. Martin Figura gave the Bulldogs the win at the number six position with a thrilling 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory.
Vala, who tallied a 2-0 singles mark and 3-0 record in doubles, was named Outstanding Performer, while Judge was named the Outstanding Coach for the 10th time in his career.
South Carolina State (10-7) will receive the conference's automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Men's Championship. The Division I Men's Tennis Selection Show will air Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com.
In doubles action, the Lady Bulldogs captured wins at the number two and three positions. SCSU’s Viktoriia Khatcei and Marketa Marcanikova topped B-CU’s Elizabethe Nyenwe and Maria Dimitrova, 8-6, to earn the Lady Bulldogs’ doubles victory and first point of the day. In the other’s doubles win, Gabby Chinchilla and Chinatsu Kajiwara rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the match at 6 all, but Olesandra Filipova and Dakota Brown won the next two games to take the match, 8-6.
Bethune-Cookman tied the match at 1-1 after Mina Matsuba defeated Klara Dohnalova, 6-0, 6-3. South Carolina State answered with wins at the number five and six positions to grab a 3-1 advantage. Dakota Brown defeated Gaby Chinchilla, 6-2, 6-4, while Marketa Marcanikova got past Ancia Ifill, 6-3, 6-1.
The Lady Bulldogs’ Intissar Rassif won the winning point with a thrilling 7-5, 7-6 win over B-CU’s Maria Sablina. Rassif trailed 6-5 in the second set before rattling off two games to with the match.
SCSU’s Rassif was named the Outstanding Performer, while head coach Judge was named the Outstanding Coach.
Rassif recorded a 3-0 record in singles play and a 1-1 mark in doubles action to win the honor. Judge was named the Outstanding Coach for the 10th time in his career on the women’s side.
With the win, South Carolina State (13-5) receives the conference's automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Women's Championship. The Division I Women's Tennis Selection Show will air Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
2014 Men's All-Tournament Teams:
Outstanding Performers: Daniel Vala, South Carolina State
Runner-Up Team: Norfolk State University
2014 Women's All-Tournament Teams:
Outstanding Performers: Intissar Rassif, South Carolina State
Runner-Up Team: Bethune-Cookman University