Saturday, April 11, 2015


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Benedict College men's tennis team captured the 2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 5-2 victory over Stillman College on Saturday at the Columbia Tennis Center.

The Tigers knocked off the two-time defending champions to improve to 15-7 on the season. Stillman falls to 17-10 and had their nine-game winning streak snapped.

Benedict jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play. Zibusiso Ndimande, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, teamed with Shane Latchman to defeat Yonwaba Pupuma and Jose Pojasi, 8-4 at the No. 1 position. Malek Selmen and Juan Hernandez cruised to an 8-1 victory over Alejandro Fernandez Esteban and Edward Symmonett at No. 3 doubles. Selmen and Hernandez were named to the All-Tournament team in doubles.

Hernandez defeated Symmonett, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles to give Benedict a 3-1 lead. Pupuma beat Latchman, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to cut the lead to 3-2. Justin Payton picked up a key win at No. 4 singles, beating Pojasi, 6-4, 6-3, then Ndimande clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alejandro Fernandez at No. 2 singles.

Benedict head coach Gary Taylor was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Coach.

The Tigers earned an automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Division II men's tennis championship.

Source: BC Sports Information

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