Nashville, Tenn. - The Stetson men's tennis team (16-4, 7-2 A-Sun) concluded another successful regular season with a 5-2 win at A-Sun rival Lipscomb (9-11, 4-5 A-Sun) on Saturday afternoon. The Hatters enter next weekend's Atlantic Sun Conference Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee as the #3 seed.
Stetson won all three doubles matches to go ahead 1-0 on the scoreboard in short order. Sophomore Hans Adrian Riseng (Oslo, Norway) and senior Njal Stene (Oslo, Norway) won 8-3 on Court 1 against Miguel Cortez and Oliver Strecker with freshman Chester Espie (Auckland, New Zealand) and senior Maksim Levanovich (Minsk, Belarus) downing Tanner Brown and Stuart Tierney 8-4 on Court 2. Junior Didrik Berg (Oslo, Norway) and freshman Nathan Debut (Toulon, France) made it a clean sweep of the Bisons in doubles by defeating David Salazar and Colby Shaw 8-5 on Court 3.
The back half of the Stetson singles lineup came through with flying colors to deliver the Hatters to four points on the scoreboard. Debut beat Shaw 6-3, 6-4 on Court 4, Riseng sunk Cortez 6-4, 6-2 and Espie outlasted Chad Pierron 6-4, 6-4 on Court 6. Stene won his singles match as well with a 6-4, 6-3 Court 2 victory against Daniel Hernandez.
"Playing back-to-back conference matches on the road is always challenging, but our team performed at a much higher level than yesterday," Stetson Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said. "We started extremely well in doubles and definitely carried that momentum into singles. We will now turn our attention to preparing for the A-Sun tournament."
Third-seeded Stetson will battle sixth-seeded FGCU in the quarterfinals Friday at ETSU's Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center at a time to be determined. The Hatters beat the Eagles 5-2 in Fort Myers last Saturday, April 7. A win would send Stetson into Saturday's semifinal round to take on second-seeded and 58th-ranked North Florida. The Hatters have advanced to six consecutive A-Sun championship matches. Host ETSU and UNF are the top two seeds; the other quarterfinal match Friday will see fourth-seeded Lipscomb face fifth-seeded USC Upstate.
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