(OWENSBORO, Ky.) – The most exciting match of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tennis Tournaments took place as No. 3 Walsh played No. 2 Findlay. As it ended up, it was the Cavaliers (10-12) who took a spot in the tournament championship with a 5-4 upset over the Oilers (9-11).
The match wasn't won easily by any means and Walsh had to do it in come-from-behind fashion after trailing 4-2.
In doubles action, Walsh took a quick 2-1 lead. Vasily Vidmanov and Filipp Kulynych defeated Carlos Blanco and Nicholas Kopylec 8-4 to finish the first doubles match of the day. Rodrigo Garcia and Heitor Adegas followed with a quick 8-3 triumph over Sergio Palacio and Trevor Majdalani.
Walsh then fell behind after Findlay took the first few singles matches with wins at second, third, and sixth singles.
The Cavs brought it back to 4-3 as Vidmanov took down Kopylec 6-3, 6-4 and eventually tied it with a thrilling contest at fourth singles. Garcia took the first set against Slavov 6-1, but Slavov was able to bounce back and took set two 6-3. However, Garcia left no doubt in the third with a 6-0 shutout to bring Walsh even.
It all came down to fifth singles between Adegas and Majdalani. Adegas dropped the first set 6-4, but rebounded to give the Cavs the thrilling victory with wins in the second and third sets by scores of 6-2 and 6-2, respectively.
The win avenged two prior losses for Walsh via Findlay earlier this season. In the two prior contests, it was the Oilers who won a pair of 5-4 decisions.
Walsh now heads to tomorrow's championship against top-seeded Hillsdale.