St. Joseph Post
The No. 23 Northwest Missouri State men's tennis team claimed the 2021 MIAA-GAC Men's Tennis Tournament championship with a 4-0 dual sweep over No. 20 Washburn on Sunday in Edmond, Oklahoma.
It's the ninth time that the Bearcat men have captured the MIAA's postseason tournament championship under head coach Mark Rosewell.
Northwest (14-4) clinched an automatic bid into the NCAA Central Region Tournament with the crown.
The Bearcats got going quickly in doubles play. Northwest's No. 1 doubles team of Andrea Zamurri and Franco Oliva breezed to a 6-1 win over Washburn's Bradley Eidenmueller and Sebastian Pjontek.
Northwest's No. 2 doubles duo of Martin Sanchez and Fillippo Piranomonte cruised to a 6-1 win over Washburn's Paul Haase and Miquel Perez to clinch the doubles point for the Bearcats.
Northwest didn't miss a beat in singles, scoring wins at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5.
Zamurri, ranked No. 6 in the nation, moved his season mark to 17-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over WU's No. 24-ranked Raul-Alin Dicu.
Piranomonte took it to WU's Eidenmueller at No. 4 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Northwest's Martin Sanchez closed out the dual win with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph at No. 5 singles over WU's Pjontek.