ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Richmond men's tennis team is clutch under pressure.
Senior Canyon Teague rallied after dropping his first set to take a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win and clinch a 4-1 Atlantic 10 semifinal win over Dayton on Saturday afternoon at the USTA National Campus.
With the win, the Spiders advance to the A-10 Championship match, where they will face crosstown rival VCU.
Richmond jumped out to a 1-0 lead with quick wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles. James Aronson and John Karlawish took down Dayton's Graham Reinbold and Andy Druffel, 6-1, before Jacob Dunbar and Alexandre Felisa clinched the point on court 1, defeating Carsten Fisher and Zach Berry, 6-3.
Dayton fought back in singles lay, taking a win at No. 6, but Felisa regained the lead for the Spiders with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Fisher on court 2. Karlawish then extended the Spider lead to two with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Simon Jayaram at No. 4.
The final three courts were tight, as the remaining Spiders all forced a decisive third set after trailing early. Teague was the hero, as he was able to clinch the win on court five over Dayton's Lorenzo Rollhauser.
First serve for Sunday's Atlantic 10 Championship match is set for 1 p.m. at the USTA National Campus. The match will be live streamed on ESPN3 for the first time in A-10 tennis history, and fans can watch the love coverage here.