Florida A&M (9-11) advanced to the semifinals with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Morgan State in the semifinals.
The Rattlers took the doubles point with wins at number two (6-3) and number three (6-2), and seemed poised to take the match with victories at number one (Courage Okungbowa) and number three (Agustin Waitman).
Morgan State battled back with wins at number two (Jeremy Field), number four (Evan Ward) and number five (Arjun Ramakrishnan) to tie the match at three.
Illya Skoromnyy sealed the victory for the Rattlers as he defeated Lucas Krusinski, 6-4, 6-3, to send Florida A&M into the championship match.
Florida A&M is seeking its seventh MEAC Men’s title and first since 2000.
The Bulldogs, who entered as the third seed in the south, defeated top-seed Bethune-Cookman, 4-0, in the semifinals. South Carolina State took an early 1-0 lead going into singles play after winning the doubles as the number one (6-2) and number two (6-4) spots claimed victories.
In singles action, Vladyslav Yanchenko defeated Walid Gtari, 7-5, 6-3 and Jakub Vitek topped Justin Hall, 6-1, 6-0. Stanislav Baco sealed the win with a 6-4, 6-4 win at the number four position against Jose Plazas.
South Carolina State will compete for their 14th overall MEAC men’s title and first since 2014.
Tennis Match Results
Florida A&M 4, Morgan State 3
Apr 22, 2016 at Norfolk, Va.
(Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)
1. OKUNGBOWA,Courage (FAMUM) def. FERGUSON,Treajh (MSUM) 6-4, 6-0
2. FIELD,Jeremy (MSUM) def. SMALL,Karlyn (FAMUM) 2-6, 7-6, 6-2
3. WAITMAN, C. Agustin (FAMUM) def. ANDRE,Felix (MSUM) 6-4, 6-2
4. WARD,Evan (MSUM) def. ESPINOZA,Walner (FAMUM) 6-3, 6-4
5. RAMAKRISHNAN,Arjun (MSUM) def. EVANS,Jalen (FAMUM) 6-2, 6-2
6. SKOROMNYY,Illya (FAMUM) def. KRUSINSKI,Lucas (MSUM) 6-4, 6-3
1. FERGUSON,Treajh/WARD,Evan (MSUM) vs. WAITMAN, C. Agustin/ESPINOZA,Walner (FAMUM) 4-5, unfinished
2. OKUNGBOWA,Courage/SKOROMNYY,Illya (FAMUM) def. FIELD,Jeremy/RAMAKRISHNAN,Arjun (MSUM) 6-3
3. SMALL,Karlyn/EVANS,Jalen (FAMUM) def. KRUSINSKI,Lucas/ANDRE,Felix (MSUM) 6-2
Florida A&M 9-11
Morgan State 13-11