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No. 5 Lander falls to Armstrong State in PBC semifinals

The Bearcats were knocked out of the PBC tournament on Saturday, losing 5-1 to Armstrong State in the semifinals (File photo by Joe Cabri)
The Bearcats were knocked out of the PBC tournament on Saturday, losing 5-1 to Armstrong State in the semifinals (File photo by Joe Cabri)

FLORENCE, S.C. — The No. 5-ranked and third-seeded Lander men's tennis team was eliminated from the Peach Belt Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon, losing to No. 4-ranked and second-seeded Armstrong State by a score of 5-1 in the semifinal round at the Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center. 

The Pirates put Lander in an early hole after emerging victorious in two of the three doubles matchups, finishing the Bearcats off by sweeping all three completed singles matches to secure the win. 

Lander drops to 16-5, while Armstrong State improves to 18-6 on the year. 

In singles, No. 2 Alberto Caceres (ARM) def. Jules Vauthier (LU) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 Ignacio Hernandez (ARM) def. Marc Hofer (LU) 6-7, 6-2, 7-6; and No. 5 Alvaro Cruz Chomorro (ARM) def. Omar El-Moslemany (LU) 6-1, 7-5. 

In doubles, No. 1 Luca Cerin/Hernandez (ARM) def. Hofer/El-Moslemany (LU) 8-3; No. 2 Jan Porteset/Caceres (ARM) def. Ozan Cildir/Vauthier (LU) 8-2; and No. 3 David Korsten/Eirik Groner (LU) def. Bjorn Kurtze/Chomorro (ARM) 8-5. 

The Bearcats would have faced off with fifth-seeded Flagler in the third-place match of the PBC tournament on Sunday, but due to inclement weather the match has been cancelled.

Lander will know its next opponent when the bracket is revealed during the men's tennis selection show on Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m.