Northwest Missouri State left no doubt who the top men's tennis team in the MIAA is this year.
After a perfect regular season within the conference, the Bearcats beat third-seeded Southwest Baptist 5-1 in another finals encounter Sunday at the Cooper Courts to capture their fourth consecutive MIAA Tournament title.
The MIAA champion Bearcats (19-3) earned an automatic bid into next week's Central Region Tournament and await word on whether they'll host. They entered the MIAA Tournament ranked second in the region behind Quachita Baptist.
Northwest lost the opening match to SBU in doubles, but won the remaining six that were completed.
Southwest Baptist jumped out on top early as Kristof Kinal and Omar El Kheshan took #1 doubles by an 8-5 tally over Luis Altimires and Sergio De Vilchez.
Northwest rebounded with an 8-2 win by Alvero Riveros and Guilherme Narducci over Daniel Cardona and Domingos Carissimo at #2 doubles. Rafael Bugigia and Dylan Barnatzky pulled out an 8-6 win at #3 doubles over Alex Belote and Guido Margiotta.
In singles Alvaro Riveros got it started taking a 6-3, 6-2 match over Daniel Cardona in #4 singles.
Guilherme Narducci pulled out a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Alex Belote to win at #5 singles. Finally Jason Harris won 6-3, 6-1 over Guido Margiotta to seal the MIAA Championship.
Semifinals: Northwest 6, Nebraska-Kearney 1
The Northwest Missouri State men's tennis team needed a late surge to earn a 6-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney and advance to Sunday's MIAA Championship match at Cooper Tennis Complex.
The Bearcats picked up early wins at No. 2 doubles from Alvaro Riveros and Guilherme Narducci. After the Lopers stole a point at No. 1 doubles the Bearcats rebounded to dominate singles action.
Sergio De Vilchez cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles while Rafael Bugiga earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 2 position.