No. 4 Bearcats prepare for PBC Tournament semifinal showdown

No. 4 Bearcats prepare for PBC Tournament semifinal showdown

FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 4-ranked and second-seeded Lander men's tennis team returns to the Peach Belt Tournament semifinals for the seventh consecutive season as the Bearcats face third-seeded and No. 7-ranked Flagler on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., at the Dr. Eddie Floyd/Florence Tennis Center.

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• Lander is participating in its 27th Peach Belt Conference tournament. The Bearcats have never missed the PBC tournament, owning a 28-17 all-time record since the tournament went to a head-to-head format in 2000. Lander is searching for its 12th tournament championship in program history (11 consecutive titles from 1992-2002). 

• A win on Saturday will give Lander its first 20-win season since 1999. 

• Lander and Flagler have met just once in the PBC Tournament, when the Bearcats defeated the Saints 5-1 in the quarterfinals in 2016.

• The Bearcats have been ranked in the top-10 of every Oracle/ITA Division II Men's National Team Ranking this season.

• Lander is searching for its first appearance in the PBC Tournament championship since 2015. 

• Junior Eirik Groner was named a first-team All-PBC player on Thursday, while junior Ozan Cildir and the doubles tandem of senior David Korsten and junior Alexander Regner was named second-team All-PBC.

• Lander defeated Flagler 5-4 on March 18 in Greenwood.