Denver Tops Omaha, Wins Fourth Consecutive Championship

Denver Tops Omaha, Wins Fourth Consecutive Championship

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The Basics
Score: No. 1 Denver 4, No. 3 Omaha 1 | Box Score
Records: Denver (13-12), Omaha (9-14)
Location: West Indy Racquet Club (Indianapolis, Ind.)

INDIANAPOLIS – Top-seeded Denver won its fourth consecutive Summit League Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 3 seed Omaha Saturday.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point behind victories from Diogo Rocha and Jesse Ruder-Hook (6-3) at No. 2 and Pedro Del Valle and Wyatt Lovera (6-3) at No. 3.

Rocha put Denver ahead 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Omaha trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory by Alex Woodward at No. 6.

Del Valle put the Pioneers on the brink of victory with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at No. 5 singles for a 3-1 advantage. Ruder-Hook then clinched the crown with a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

Turning Point

Del Valle's win at No. 5 singles regained a two-point margin and put Denver on the brink of victory at 3-1.

Inside The Box Score

  • Rocha secured victories in both the first doubles and singles matches completed.
  • The nation's No. 87 doubles team, Denver's Yannik James and Alex Gasson led their match, 5-4, at No. 1 when the point was clinched.
  • Omaha's Razvan Grigorescu, The Summit League's Newcomer of the Year, posted a 7-6 win in the first set of his No. 1 singles match against league Player of the Year James and led second set, 5-4, when the match ended.
  • Two singles matches featured first-set tiebreakers – Grigorescu over James at No. 1 and Ruder-Hook over Collin Buckley at No. 4.

News & Notes

  • Denver is the first team since 2005 to win four consecutive Summit League Tournament Championships. The Pioneers are the fourth team in league history to "four-peat."
  • Omaha ended Denver's streak of five consecutive shutouts in Summit League Tournament matches. It marked the first time since the 2014 Championship match that an opponent scored against the Pioneers.
  • Denver is now 8-0 all-time in The Summit League Tournament, outscoring opponents 32-2.
  • The Pioneers are 28-0 all-time against Summit League opposition, including regular season and tournament matches.
  • Omaha made its first appearance in The Summit League Championship match.

Up Next

Denver will represent The Summit League at the NCAA Championship. The Men's Tennis bracket is scheduled to be announced Tuesday, May 2 at 5 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.


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