BOLIVAR, Mo. — No. 30 Southeastern Oklahoma State tennis took two-of-three doubles matches but was unable to hold off a rally by the host and No. 12 Southwest Baptist as the Savage Storm’s season came to an end in a 5-4 loss in the NCAA Regional on Monday.
The loss drops Southeastern to 12-8 overall as the Storm made the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.
The 15th-ranked doubles duo of Carlos Anez and Ondrej Nice helped the Storm to its strong start by taking down the seventh-ranked pair of Gyorgy Agoston and Ferenc Agoston, 8-6, at the one doubles spot.
Danrich Kruger and Sandro Lena followed up with an 8-5 victory at the two position to give Southeastern the edge through doubles play at 2-0, but a 9-8 loss at the three position made the score 2-1 heading to singles play.
SBU picked up wins at the two and three positions to regain the lead briefly at 3-2, but the Storm had a rally of its own.
No. 17-ranked Anez pulled off another upset, this time taking down fifth-ranked Sherif Abohabaga, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, to knot the match at 3-3.
At the opposite end of the lineup, Jeremy Despont also rallied for a three-set win with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win to take a 4-3 lead.
Unfortunately, a loss at four singles and lastly at five singles ended the Storm hopes for a regional upset.