Southeastern Downs UAFS to End Regular Season

Southeastern closed out the regular season with back-to-back win after a 5-4 victory over Arkansas-Ft. Smith that followed the team's Great American Conference clinching win over rival East Central the day before.

The Savage Storm finish the season at 13-6 overall and winners of five of their last six matches.

Three of those matches were part of the teams run through the conference opposition in which it earned 6-3 wins over Ouachita Baptist and Harding, followed by the 5-4 win over ECU to win the regular season GAC championship and earn the top seed in the conference tournament set to begin April 18.

In the matchup against UAFS, SE found itself in an early hole after taking just one match in doubles play, that coming thanks to an 8-2 win by Nathan Nelmes and Billy Haugen over Ryan Heslop and Sean Manning at the number three position.

Despite a strong effort at number one doubles by Martin Bedcarratz and Petar Popovic who dropped their matchup 9-7, SE finished doubles trailing 2-1.

In singles play, Alberto Blesa turned in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Chris Ramirez at number one to even the score at 2-2.

On his heels, Nelmes gave SE the lead with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over Jesse Green at number two.

However, the Lions bounced back with wins at numbers three and four to regain the lead at 4-3.

The Storm responded with a 6-2, 6-1 win by Bedcarratz at number four over Caleb Gunsch to even the score, with Renato Joao providing the clinching victory over J.T. Tasker at number six, 6-1, 6-0.


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