ATHENS, GA. -- The College of Charleston men’s tennis team captured the doubles championship at the prestigious Southern Intercollegiate, a tournament hosted annually by the University of Georgia.
Riding the play of Rodrigo Encinas (Santiago, Chile) and Josh Record (Tallahassee, Fla.), the duo won five matches in five days against top-notch competition, eventually disposing of Juan Pablo Boada and Yuta Hirowaka from Winthrop, 8-4 in the final at the famed Dan Magill Tennis Complex – home of the 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships.
“What a great way for Josh and Rodrigo to start the season,” said head coach Jay Bruner. “They competed together each match. Josh showed a new level this week in both singles and doubles while Rodrigo began his career as a Cougar with great competitiveness and used his weapons well. They are young, but played with lots of composure in tough situations. I am proud of this title for them.”
The journey for Encinas and Record began on Friday, where in the opening round of 64, they easily defeated Aaron Gomez and Nicholas Wilson of Virginia Tech, 8-3 in the morning and then, later that same day, managed to close out the Barry University pairing of Ollie Lemaitre and Renato Lombardi, 8-4.
The toughest test for the eventual champions came against the resilient Portland University tandem of Kent Andreasen and Justin Guay, who played well against the Cougars, before ultimately succumbing, 8-7.
Following an 8-5 victory over the top doubles team from Georgia Gwinnett College in the quarterfinals, Encinas and Record squared off against the Liberty University pairing of Egon Samaai and Dillon Segur, eventually downing the Flames 8-5 and securing a place in the Division II final.
The Cougars will look to continue their strong start to fall play on Sept. 28 at the College of Charleston Tennis Center.