The University of Akron's esports program reached another milestone over the weekend when its Rocket League Gold roster defeated the University of Central Florida in a best-of-seven match.

Michael Fay, director and head coach of Akron Esports, praised the team's champions for their efforts.

"They've established Akron as the first collegiate Rocket League team to be consistently competitive on the national stage and anticipate maintaining that consistency in the upcoming years," Fay said "We will strive to keep providing the best esports training environment of any college in the nation to facilitate that.”

Freshman William "Salt" Weiser, Buzz "Buzz" Krager, and junior Isaac "Reticence" Stecker flew to Minneapolis on Friday to vie for the championship against three other teams at the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Krager is a student in the Akron Public Schools' Akron Early College High School.

The Rocket League squad dispatched Central Florida 4-2 in a best-of-seven final. Earlier, UA's Gold roster trio had dominated the University of Redlands with a double-layered shutout, winning 4-0 in the seven-game match in four shutout games. Redlands had defeated the previous national champions and were on a roll before their match with Akron.

Akron Rocket League was the first team in the history of Collegiate Rocket League to qualify for nationals twice in a row after winning the Collegiate Rocket League Northern Conference Championships on March 20.

“I'm incredibly proud of the growth we've seen from Akron Rocket League’s Gold roster,” said Fay. "They've worked incredibly hard for this national championship and have come so far as a unit since they each began playing on their first competitive Rocket League team nearly seven months ago."

Sixty-four collegiate teams across the nation qualified for this inaugural spring season of Collegiate Rocket League.

The Zips' story will be told on a nationally televised feature show on TBS on Friday.