Sixth-ranked Columbus State roared back to win four singles matches and edge Lander 5-4 in the NCAA Southeast Regional on Sunday at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.
With the victory, CSU (20-5) advances to the Round of 16, where it will face No. 3 Hawaii-Pacific, which is 17-0. The Round of 16 begins May 14 at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
This will be CSU's third trip to the Sweet 16, but the first since 2011. The Cougars advanced to the semifinals in both 2010 and 2011.
After dropping two of the three doubles matches and splitting the first four singles matches to finish,, CSU had to have wins in the last two.
Columbus State's Benedikt Wilde got the tying point at No. 6 singles. He beat Diego Zegarra 6-4, 6-4.
Oussama Zoghlami gave the Cougars the win with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Vincent Verpeaux at No. 1 singles.
Lander's Vincent Verpeaux and Paul Fernandes gave the Bearcats the first win of the match at No. 3 doubles. They beat Maciej Kierkus and Wilde, 8-6.
The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead with a win at No. 1 doubles. Adam Jonsson and Oscar Axelson beat Marcos Almorin and Adi Malicbegovic 8-6.
Columbus State avoided getting swept in doubles when Oussama Zoghlami and Danilo Sardelli won 9-8 at No. 2 over Marc Hofer and Niklas Terhorst.
Almorin evened the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hofer at No. 2 singles. Malicbegovic gave the Cougars a 3-2 lead with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jonsson at No. 3 singles.
Lander won the next two matches for a 4-3 lead.
Terhorst beat Michael Trebuhov 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5 singles. Then Ristomatti Lanne beat Danilo Sardelli 6-2, 7-5 at No. 4 singles.
CSU women win
The Columbus State women opened play in the NCAA Southeast Region with a 5-0 victory over Erskine on Sunday at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.
CSU (20-4) will face Georgia College at 1:30 p.m. today with a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 on the line.
The Lady Cougars have been to the Round of 16 for two straight years.
CSU opened the match against Erskine by dominating the doubles, losing just three games.
Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic shut out Miranda Guthrie and Sarah McDonald 8-0 at No. 2 doubles for the first win.
Beatriz Leon and Olivera Tadijin played together for the first time this season, but the duo won at No. 3 doubles, 8-2 over Haley Elliott and Mollie Polk.
CSU"s No. 1 doubles team, Paola Cigui and Camila Tobar, gave the Lady Cougars a 3-0 lead with an 8-1 win over Corin Hallman and Mika Goyette.
Tadijin also won at No. 6 singles, dropping just two games in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Polk.
Cigui closed out the match, beating Hallman 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
CSU was ahead in three of the four matches that were pulled.
Georgia College beat Flagler 5-1 on Sunday. CSU beat Georgia College 8-1 during the regular season.
Sunday at CSU
1. #3 Paola Cigui (CSU) def. Corin Hallman (EC) - 6-2, 6-1; 2. #16 Beatriz Leon (CSU) vs. Miranda Guthrie (EC) - 6-4, 2-1, unfinished; 3. Olivera Jokic (CSU) vs. Mika Goyette (EC) - 6-3, 0-1, unfinished; 4. Camila Tobar (CSU) vs. Sarah McDonald (EC) - 6-4, 5-2, unfinished; 5. Laura Chapman (CSU) vs. Haley Elliott (EC) - 5-7, 0-1, unfinished; 6. Olivera Tadijin (CSU) def. Mollie Polk (EC) - 6-0, 6-2.
1. Cigui/Tobar (CSU) def. Hallman/Goyette (EC) - 8-1; 2. Chapman/Jokic (CSU) def. Guthrie/McDonald (EC) - 8-0; 3. Leon/Tadijin (CSU) def. Elliott/ Polk (EC) 8-2
1. Oussama Zoghlami (CSU) def. Vincent Verpeaux 7-6, 6-3. 2. Marcos Almorin (CSU) def. Marc Hofer 6-2, 6-2. 3. Adi Malicbegovic (CSU) def. Adam Jonsson 6-4, 6-3. 4. Ristomatti Lanne (L) def. Danilo Sardelli 6-2, 7-5. 5. Niklas Terhorst (L). def. Michael Trebuhov 6-3, 7-5. 6. Benedikt Wilde (CSU) def. Diego Zegarra 6-4, 6-4.
1. Adam Jonsson/Oscar Axelson (L) def. Marcos Almorin/Adi Malicbegovic 8-6. 2. Oussama Zoghlami/Danilo Sardelli (CSU) def. Marc Hofer/Niklas Terhorst 9-8. 3. Vincent Verpeaux/Paul Fernandes (L) def. Maciej Kierkus/Benedikt Wilde 8-6.