Columbus State wins first Peach Belt Conference tournament championship


The Columbus State men's tennis team was declared 2014 Peach Belt Conference champions after the championship match on Saturday was rained out.

The Cougars (18-5) were the top seed in the tournament and were scheduled to face second-seeded Armstrong Atlantic, but rain in the Florence, S.C., area forced conference officials to cancel the match.

The PBC title in the first ever for the Cougars. Armstrong Atlantic had won nine straight conference championships.

CSU earned the top seed entering the tournament with a 5-4 win over Armstrong Atlantic on April 5.

For CSU, it is heading to the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year. It will mark their 15th NCAA appearance. The Cougars made it as far as the semifinals in 2010 and '11.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars (19-4) were the No. 2 in the women's tournament and were named runner-up as Armstrong Atlantic, the top seed, was declared the champion.

It is the Lady Pirates' 11th straight PBC title and 19th overall.

CSU lost to Armstrong Atlantic 9-0 on April 5.

The Lady Cougars will also likely receive an NCAA bid, which would be their 14th straight and 19th overall. They have made it to the quarterfinals twice in 2005 and '12.

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