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Denison dominates #35 Yeomen for spot in NCAC title match

Danish Siddiquie  |  Photo by Jason Miller
Danish Siddiquie | Photo by Jason Miller

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Denison men's tennis earned their second win of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday morning when they defeated No. 35 Oberlin College in semifinal play, 5-3, at the Wynne Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

Continuing their strong start from Friday's win over Wooster, the Big Red took charge on the doubles courts, starting with an 8-5 victory for Kevin Brown and Blake Burstein over Oberlin's Camron Cohen and Stephen Gruppuso in top flight doubles. Mitchell Thai and Jamie McDonald continued the success in No. 2 doubles, defeating Manickam Manickam and Michael Drougas by the same score, 8-5.

DU took a 3-0 lead in doubles competition when Brian Weisberg and Vlad Rotnov swept Robert Gittings and Levi Kimmel, 8-0, on the No. 3 court.

In singles play, McDonald kept the slate clean for the Big Red when he captured No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-2, from Gruppuso. Oberlin grabbed their first match win in No. 5 singles when Cohen defeated Patrick McGuigan, 6-4, 6-3, but Danish Siddiquie sealed Denison's trip to the NCAC Championship match when he defeated Gittings in No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-3.

The Big Red will now match up with No. 1 seeded Kenyon College on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in Indianapolis, Ind. for the NCAC Championship crown.