Wayne State's men's tennis team rallies, advances to Division II finals

The Detroit News

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.

Niklas Karcz rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third set to help Wayne State advance to the Division II championship.

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.

Front Row (left to right): David Pluszczyk, Ryan Okonski, Dom Spicer, Luke Laws, Donovan Nguyen. Back Row (left to right): Niklas Karcz, Bryan Morrow, Cedric Drenth, Daniel Grey, Joe Steele, Ben Lakeman.

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.