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WAC Tennis Athletes of the Month Announced

WAC Tennis Athletes of the Month Announced
DENVER - Grand Canyon's Lorenzo Fucile and NM State's Clara Rizea, UT Rio Grande Valley's doubles team Yehonatan Kaufmanand George Hutchings and Grand Canyon doubles team Emilia Occhipinti and Celia Morel have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Month, respectively, for October.

Fucile, a junior from Messina, Italy, finished the month with a 6-1 record. At the Aztec Fall Invite, he won a singles title with a 4-0 record. He also advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Southwest Regional.

Rizea, a sophomore from Timisoara, Romania, went 3-1 while defeating opponents from New Mexico and Iowa State. Her one loss came from a Colorado State opponent.

Kaufman, a senior from Ramat HaSharon, Israel, and Hutchings, a freshman from Lancashire, England, won the doubles championship at the Ron Wesbrooks Invitational and ended the month with a 6-2 record. They also won in the first round at the ITA Regional. At the Islander Open, the duo clinched a spot in the championship match before finishing as runner-up.

Occhipinti, a junior from Ragusa, Italy,and Morel, a junior from Passy, France, finished the month 2-2. The duo picked up wins over opponents from Cal State Northridge and Portland State.

Other male singles nominees: Chicago State's George Botha finished October with a 2-2 record and earned a victory in the opening round of the ITA Midwest Regional Tournament… Louis Menard of NM State advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Mountain Regional Championships… Alex Chan of Seattle U defeated a Portland State opponent to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dar Walters Fall Classic... UT Rio Grande Valley's Samuel de Felipe Garcia picked up a singles championship at the Ron Wesbrooks Invitational.

Other female singles nominees: Chicago State's Iesha Shepherd finished the month with a 4-2 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Regional Tournament… Ludovica Infantino of Grand Canyon picked up two wins at the Beach Tennis Tournament and defeated an Arizona State opponent at the ITA Regional… Hannah Gianan of Seattle U won the singles bracket at the Gonzaga Bulldog Invite... UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra finished the ITA Regionals 1-1 after winning a match in the first round.

Other male doubles nominees: Nick Liddy and George Botha of Chicago State tallied a 2-1 record and made a run to the semifinals at the Purdue Fall Invitational… Grand Canyon's Lorenzo Fucile and Mathieu Rajaonah advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Southwest Regional…Louis Menard and Enrique Asmar of NM State went 1-1 at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships advancing to the round of 16.

Other female doubles nominees: UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra and Michelle Walker picked up a win over Prairie View A&M at the ITA Regional.