FLORENCE, SC – Top-ranked Columbus State won their third straight Peach Belt Conference men's tennis tournament championship on Sunday, defeating USC Aiken 4-0 in the final. The Cougars earn the PBC's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament where they will defend their 2018 National Championship.
The Cougars got off to a fast start in doubles as the team of Zach Whaanga and Alvaro Regalado defeated USC Aiken's Antonio Sabugueiro and Salvador Bandeira 6-1. The Pacers responded by taking the #3 doubles match 6-4 as Alex Sklizovic and Francesco Satta got the win.
CSU clinched the doubles point at #2. KP Pannu and Tommaso Schold edged out USCA's Tales Silva and Vicente Andrades 6-4.
In singles, CSU again got off to a fast start. Pannu, the top-ranked singles player in NCAA Division II, beat USCA's Silva 6-2, 6-0 to get the second point for the Cougars. Schold then defeated USCA's Alex Sklizovicat #6 singles and the Cougars clinched the match at #3 singles as Regalado beat Sabugueiro 6-1, 6-3.
The Pacers held the lead in two of the matches that went unfinished.
NCAA Tournament selections will be announced on Tuesday, May 7
PBC Tournament Singles MVP
KP Pannu, Columbus State
PBC Tournament Doubles MVPs
Alvaro Regalado, Columbus State
Zach Whaanga, Columbus State