April 22, 2012
Northwest claims 3rd straight MIAA Title
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third time in three seasons the Northwest Missouri State men’s tennis team walked away as the MIAA Tournament Championship. On Sunday the Bearcats claimed a 5-4 victory over Southwest Baptist in a battle of top 30 teams at the Plaza Tennis Center.
No. 26 Northwest Missouri, who handed SBU its only conference loss of the year during the regular season, improved to 19-4 on the season. No. 28 SBU fell to 13-7 on the season as it was the second time this year Northwest knocked off their purple Bearcat foes and the second consecutive season of the two teams meeting in the MIAA Finals with the same result.
Northwest jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Guilherme Narducci and Rafael Bugiga claimed an 8-4 win over Kristof Kinal and Daniel Cardona at No. 2 doubles.
Calvin Patterson and Luis Altimires won their No. 3 doubles match 8-3 over Alex Belote and Tyler Welch as SBU earned its only doubles point at the No. 1 position. The two doubles points for Northwest proved important as all six singles matches came down to the wire.
In singles action the green and white Bearcats picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, however SBU battled to take three matches as well at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles.
In the end though it was Northwest’s Jason Harris picking up a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles giving Northwest its third straight MIAA Title.
Northwest will now wait to see its fate in the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament as they look for their sixth straight postseason appearance. Last year Northwest fell in its first round match at St. Edward’s as the Hilltoppers claimed a 6-1 win.
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