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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 6

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 6
Grand Canyon's Mathieu Rajaonah and NM State's Harsha Challa, and Grand Canyon's doubles team Lorenzo Fucile and Mathieu Rajaonah and UT Rio Grande Valley's doubles team Dominique Ibarra and Marine Darzyan have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 26-March 4.
Rajaonah, a senior from Marseille, France, won 6-2, 7-5 over an opponent from UCLA. As a team, UCLA is ranked No. 23 in the nation. This win advances Rajaonah to 5-4 in singles play on the season.
Challa, a sophomore from Hyderabad, India, has won six straight matches with two left unfinished. This weekend she defeated competition from Montana State, 6-2, 6-4, and from Wyoming, 7-5, 6-3.
Her win over Wyoming was her first from the No. 2 slot.
Fucile, a junior from Messina, Italy, and Rajaonah, a senior from Marseille, France, won 6-4 over a pair from UCLA. The duo extends their perfect record to 7-0 and clinched the doubles point for GCU with the victory.
Ibarra, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, and Darzyan, a senior from Volgogrod, Russia, picked up their fourth win as a duo, 6-4, against Houston.
Other male singles nominees: Kansas City's Neil O'Connor was one game away from a sweep over Lindenwood winning 6-0, 6-1 from the No. 4 spot… Martin Simicek of NM State won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against UT Arlington… UT Rio Grande Valley's Mateo Schmit finished the weekend 2-1 posting victories over Laredo Community College and UTSA.
Other female singles nominees: Chicago State's Diana Borodina has won six of her last seven matches with her two most recent being victories against Omaha and Creighton… Thanushree Vale of Kansas City won 6-3, 6-4 over Oklahoma… UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra won her fourth straight match 6-3, 6-4 over Houston to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Other male doubles nominees: Ben Stride and Diego Giraldo moved to 5-2 overall in the No. 1 doubles slot with a 6-1 convincing win over Lindenwood… NM State's Enrique Asmar and Louis Menard won 6-2 against UT Arlington advancing to 4-2 in dual play.
Other female doubles nominees: Chicago State's Maria Kuzminskaya and Anastasiia Goncharova won 6-1 against Omaha earning CSU the doubles point… Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio defeated a duo from Wyoming 6-2.
The Cougars lost twice to Omaha and Creighton both by a score of 1-6. Against Omaha, Gonzalo Martinez secured the solo point with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 victory. CSU earned the doubles point over Creighton. Jakov Suler and Felix Savard won 6-2 while Martinez and George Both won 6-4 to clinch.
Kansas City dominated Lindenwood 7-0. The Roos swept doubles matches to earn the first point. All six singles won in straight sets. Tom Kruse, Hunter Clark, and Neil O'Connor all won their first set of doubles 6-0. O'Connor finished with the most controlling win, 6-0, 6-1.
The Aggies lost a close match to UT Arlington 3-4. NMSU snatched the lead with a win in doubles as Louis Menard and Enrique Asmar and Nicolas Buirtrago and Luis Flores posted wins. Martin Simecek and Buitrago were the only two to win in singles. Simecek won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Buitrago claimed the W 6-3, 7-5.
Seattle U lost 0-7 to Gonzaga but rebounded with a 7-0 win over Whitworth.    The Redhawks won doubles 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. They also won all the singles matches in straight sets. Emilio Monroy lost only one game to win his match 6-1, 6-0.

UT Rio Grande Valley started the week with a 2-5 loss to Laredo Community College. Both wins came in singles as Clement Sarradin won 6-1, 6-1 and Mateo Schmit won 7-5, 6-2. UTRGV then lost to UTSA 1-6. Schmit again picked up the win 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. In their final match of the week, UTRGV lost to UIW 1-6. This time Zane Kohrs earned the victory 6-4, 4-6, 10-1.
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by UT Rio Grande Valley on April 26-28 in Brownsville, Texas. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed and No. 3 seed takes on No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a ticket straight to the semifinals. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the WAC representative. The reigning tournament champion is NM State as they defeated NM State 4-0 in the Championship match last year.
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.