CHARLESTON, W. Va. – For the second straight week, the match between No. 2 Charleston and No. 3 West Virginia Wesleyan came down to the No. 6 singles competition, but this time Andre Fernandes guided the Bobcats to the 5-4 victory.
At the No. 6 spot, Fernandes won the first set 6-3 before falling 6-3 in the second set to Nick Bakos. However, in the third set, Fernandes overcame a double-match point advantage by the Golden Eagles to force a tiebreaker. Fernandes found himself down 3-0 in the tiebreaker, but reeled off seven straight points to clinch the match for WVWC.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 2-1 advantage after doubles – with each match coming down to the wire. Joel Izquierdo and Aitor Reparaz posted an 8-6 victory at the No. 1 spot while Nathan Savil and Douglas Oliveira notched an 8-5 win as the No. 3 tandem. The Golden Eagles got on the board with an 8-6 victory at the No. 2 slot thanks in part to Matt Sherba and Rico Williams.
In singles action, the two teams provided tremendous excitement for the packed house.
At the top spot, Javier Yim Kim downed Sherba in a three-set thriller and avenging a loss from the WVIAC Tournament. After winning 6-2 in the first set, Yim Kim dropped the second one 6-3. However, he rebounded for a 6-3 victory to claim the point.
Second-seeded Sam Humphrey of Charleston upended Eduard Gusevs by a 6-2, 6-3 count while the Golden Eagles' James Gammell notched a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 come-from-behind win at the No. 3 slot.
Dennis Okoth won his bout at the No. 4 position by scores of 6-4, 6-1 over Reparaz. Izquierdo downed Jake Larenz 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
1 Joel Izquierdo/Aitor Reparaz def. Sam Humphrey/Dennis Okoth 8-6
2 Matt Sherba/Rico Williams def. Javier Yim Kim/Eduard Gusevs 8-6
3 Nathan Savil/Douglas Oliveira def. James Gammell/Gabe Seymour 8-5
1 Javier Yim Kim def. Matt Sherba 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2 Sam Humphrey def. Eduard Gusevs 6-2, 6-3
3 James Gammell def. Douglas Oliviero 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
4 Dennis Okoth def. Aitor Reparaz 6-4, 6-1
5 Joel Izquierdo def. Jake Larenz 6-4, 6-4
6 Andre Fernandes def. Nick Bakos 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)