NORFOLK, Va. – Sophomore Bobo Delemark rallied past Varun Pandit at No. 6 singles to send Virginia Commonwealth University to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship match via a 4-3 win over William & Mary Saturday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.
The win pits the second-seeded Rams (17-8) against top-seeded UNC Wilmington at 1 p.m. Sunday for the CAA crown.
VCU has made 13 of 14 CAA finals since joining the league for the 1996 season. The Rams have won 11 of the previous 13 CAA Championships. The Seahawks will be making their first appearance in the title match.
Delemark, a native of Danderyd, Sweden, got off to a slow start in his contest with Pandit, dropping the first set, 6-1. However, the VCU sophomore took control in the second and third, posting 6-3 and 6-2 wins, respectively.
The Rams trailed the third-seeded Tribe, 3-2, before senior Emil Lindgren picked up a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Dominic Pagon on the No. 3 court to tie the match at 3-3.
Senior Martin Schulhauser and freshman Filip Svensson also provided singles victories for the Rams.
#2 VCU 4, #3 William & Mary 3
1. Juenau/Vidal (W&M) d. Lindgren/Bouhana, 8-5
2. Pagon/Pandit (W&M) d. Charron/Delemark, 8-6
3. Schulhauser/Svensson (VCU) d. Ilja Orre/Ben Wirth, 8-3
1. Keziel Juneau (W&M) d. Thibaut Charron, 4-6, 6-5 ret.
2. Martin Schulhauser (VCU) d. Marwan Ramadan, 6-2, 6-1
3. Emil Lindgren (VCU) d. Dominic Pagon, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. Sebastien Vidal (W&M) d. Benjamin Bouhana, 6-3, 6-0
5. Filip Svensson (VCU) d. Richard Wardell, 6-1, 6-2
6. Bobo Delemark (VCU) d. Varun Pandit, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2