The Valdosta State Blazers won their fourth consecutive match in Florence, Ala., with a convincing 5-1 win against North Alabama in Gulf South Conference men's tennis action on Sunday.
The Blazers scored two wins in doubles action with an 8-6 win for Gereon Heitmann and Ramon Weil against Guillaume Dechoz and Brendon Millington-Herrmann at No. 1 and a 9-7 win at No. 3 for Francisco Yim Kim and Andrew Harvin against Miguel Garcia and Jonathan Vick. The only doubles victory for UNA came at No. 2, as Edward Nguyen and Joachim Schemm fell 9-7 to Max Druppel and Taylor Ausbon.
Valdosta State secured the victory with three straight wins in singles action, beginning with a 7-5, 7-5 win for Leo Blay at No. 1 against Dechoz. Yim Kim kept it rolling for the Blazers when he battled for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 victory against Millington-Herrmann at No. 2, and Heitmann sealed the match at No. 3 with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win against Garcia.
The victory improved Valdosta State to 7-3 overall and 4-1 against GSC opponents, while UNA fell to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.
The Blazers' season continues on Friday with a 4 p.m. matchup against Delta State in Pensacola, Fla.
The win against UNA came after the Blazer tennis team picked up their second win in as many days on Saturday in Huntsville, Ala., with an 8-1 GSC win against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.
The Blazers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with a clean sweep of doubles action that was sparked by a 8-4 triumph for Heitmann and Weil at No. 1, followed by a dominant 8-2 victory for Nguyen and Schemm against Ian Wisener and Pablo Herrero at No. 2. Blay and Yim Kim secured the third point for VSU with a battle at No. 3 that resulted in an 8-6 win against UAH's team of Harrison Stone and Elliot Hopson.
The only point of the day for the Chargers came at No. 1 singles, where Jose Soto defeated Blay 7-6 (5), 7-5.
From that point forward, the Blazers ran the table with five straight wins, starting with a 6-4, 6-1 for Yim Kim against Nestor Perez at No. 2. A 6-1, 6-1 win followed for Heitmann at No. 3, and Nguyen handled Herrero in convincing fashion with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4.
Working with a 6-1 advantage, Weil and Schemm finished off the Chargers with 6-2, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-2 wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.