NCAA Men's Tennis: No. 15 Flagler advances with 5-3 win over No. 11 North Georgia

NCAA Men's Tennis: No. 15 Flagler advances with 5-3 win over No. 11 North Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. – No. 15 (Oracle/ITA Division II ranking) Flagler College, for the second time in the last eight days, defeated No. 11 University of North Georgia, this time 5-3, in a NCAA Division II Southeast Regional No. 1 match Saturday afternoon at the John W. Walden CSU Tennis Complex.

Flagler advances to tomorrow's final against the host school, No. 3 Columbus State University, at 1 p.m. to play for the right to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Flagler has won four-of-its-last-five matches and improved to 16-7 overall. The Saints, making their first appearance in a regional since 2011, won their first post-season regional match since that year (5-1 vs. Augusta, at Savannah, Georgia). North Georgia ends its year with a 19-5 record. 

The Saints opened the match by winning two doubles matches. Trailing 1-0, Willy Hasselberg and Hermann Gertmann teamed to defeat Mark Laishley and Jared Bones to even the match with an 8-3 win. Lukas Storck and Felipe Carvalho raised their record to 14-7 this spring with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Alex Reinauer and Lukas Moritzen at No. 1.

Carvalho and Daniel Arrien both won their singles matches in straight sets to give Flagler a commanding 4-2 lead in the match. However, Hugues Renaud edged Gertmann in three sets (6-4, 2-6, 6-1) to pull North Georgia to within a point. But it was Lucas Bolla dispatching Laishley 7-5, 4-6 and 6-3 at No. 4 singles to give the Saints the victory. 

This will be the third meeting this year between Columbus State and Flagler. The Cougars won 8-1 on March 24 at Columbus and then 5-1 on April 22 at the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinal at Florence, South Carolina.