Wayne State's men's tennis team rallies, advances to Division II finals
Wayne State's men's tennis team is playing for the Division II national championship.
The Warriors scored a stunning comeback victory over top-seeded Columbus State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Wayne State (26-4), seeded fourth, will face two-time-defending national champion Barry for the title on Sunday at 10 a.m. Barry, seeded third, swFlagler, 4-0, on Saturday to advance.
Niklas Karcz won the deciding match at No. 3 singles, outlasting Tommaso Schold in a third-set tiebreaker, 7-3, for the victory.
Karcz trailed, 1-4, in the final set, and was on the brink, falling behind, 3-5, but held serve and got a service break to tie it at 5-5.
Karcz got it to a tiebreaker and jumped to a 4-1 advantage before closing out the match.
Wayne State fell into an early hole after losing two of the three doubles matches, giving Columbus State (22-3) a point.
Luke Laws won at No. 6 singles to even the score at 1-1, but Columbus State won at No. 2 singles to move ahead.
At No. 1 singles, Dom Spicer, ranked No. 30, upset No. 1 seed Alvaro Regaldo, 6-4, 6-4, to even things at 2-2.
Daniel Grey won at No. 4, but Columbus State won at No. 5, to level the match at 3-3. With Karcz as the deciding match, things went down to the wire, with everything on the line.
Karcz delivered, sending the Warriors to their first-ever national finals.
Wayne State defeated Barry, 4-3, on March 17.