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CSU tennis teams defeat Valdosta State

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The eighth-ranked Columbus State University men's tennis team knocked off 10th-ranked Valdosta State 5-1 Wednesday at the VSU Tennis Courts.

The Cougars (16-3) won all three doubles matches against the Blazers (12-5). No. 17 Marco Almorin and Adi Malicbegovic withstood a tough test from Edward Nguyen and Niklas Herbring to win the top matchup 8-7. Martynas Zakaitis and Oussama Zoghlami followed with an 8-6 win over No. 13 Gereon Heitmann and Ramon Weil in the second match, while Benedikt Wilde and Maciej Kierkus ousted Joachim Schemm and Francisco Yim Kim in the third, 8-5.

The Cougars won two of the three completed singles matches to secure the victory. No. 22 Malicbegovic beat Herbing in the second matchup, coming back to win a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 decision. Wilde dropped the third to Heitmann 6-2, 6-3, while Kierkus breezed past Schemm 6-3, 6-4 in the sixth.

Three singles matches went unfinished on the day. No. 16 Zoghlami led Yim Kim 6-3, 6-6 in the top matchup, while Almorin neared victory over Nguyen in the fourth, 6-7, 6-1, 4-1, and Jorge Vargas led Weil 6-3, 3-6, 6-5 in the fifth.

Columbus State ends its regular season on Sunday at No. 20 Georgia College. First serve from the Centennial Center Tennis Facility is set for 1 p.m.

CSU women defeat Valdosta State 4-2

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The ninth-ranked Columbus State University women's tennis team beat a shorthanded and 23rd-ranked Valdosta State 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Lady Cougars (16-2) handled the Blazers (9-11) early by taking two of three doubles points. No. 13 Beatriz Leon and Giorgia Vitale brushed off Jennifer Rink and Anke Poncelet 8-4 in the top matchup, while Elena Preadca and Saravinder Pannu were awarded the point in the third match when VSU failed to provide opponents. Camila Tobar and Olivera Tadijin dropped an 8-5 decision to Bea Morales Hernandez and Joanna Lario in the second match.

After Preadca won the sixth point by default, CSU took two of the three completed singles matches to secure the victory. Tobar led the way with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Lario in the third match, while Pannu held Taylor Vinge at arm's length in the fifth, 6-0, 6-1. Vitale fell to Rink in the second.

A pair of matches went unfinished. No. 11 Leon led Morales 6-1, 3-5 in the first matchup, and Tadijin and trailed Poncelet 5-7, 1-1 in the fourth.

Columbus State returns to the court on Sunday for a PBC showdown with No. 15 Georgia College. First serve from the Centennial Center Tennis Facility is set for 1 p.m.

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