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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 13

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 13
 
GRAND CANYON AND CHICAGO STATE REPRESENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS
Grand Canyon's Lucas Grego and Chicago State's Katarina Drazic, and Chicago State's doubles team Katarina Drazic and Diana Borodina have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for March 5-11.
 
Grego, a senior from Longwy, France, improved his singles record to 10-1 with two wins this weekend. He first defeated an opponent from Fresno State 6-2, 6-2. Grego followed with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Enrique Asmar of NM State.
 
Drazic, a sophomore from Sarasota, Fla., moved to the No. 2 position and clinched two matches for the Cougars. She won against Eastern Illinois 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 and Detroit 6-1, 7-5.
 
Drazic and Diana Borodina, a freshman from Moscow, Russia, have now won three of their last four matches. Their most recent wins came against Eastern Illinois 7-6 (9-7) and Detroit, 6-4.
 
Other male singles nominees: Chicago State's Gonzalo Martinez won 6-3, 6-1 to clinch for the Cougars over Eastern Illinois. 
 
Other female singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Emilia Occhipinti clinched the team win for the Lopes against Portland winning 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.
 
Other female doubles nominees: Celia Morel and Autum Prudhomme of Grand Canyon won their third match in a row 6-0 against Portland.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC MEN'S TENNIS
GRAND CANYON
Grand Canyon finished the week 2-2. The Lopes lost 2-4 to Fresno State but earned two 4-0 sweeps over Sacramento State and NM State. They then dropped a 2-5 decision to Liberty.  GCU jumped to a lead against Fresno State winning the doubles point but couldn't clinch in singles. Grego Lucas earned the solo singles point winning 6-2, 6-2. For their first sweep over Sacramento State, the Lopes won the doubles point along with the top-three singles to clinch the victory. GCU only played singles against NM State winning four. Grand Canyon finished the week in a 2-5 defeat to Liberty. Grego and Jakub Novak recorded the only wins 6-2, 6-0 and 7-5, 2-6, 10-8, respectively.
 
KANSAS CITY
Kansas City lost 3-4 to Omaha but responded with a dominating 7-0 win over Missouri-St. Louis. Diego Giraldo and Ben Stride played best for the Roos.against Omaha. The duo won their doubles match and each posted victories in singles. Anil Patel joined with a 6-2, 7-6 win in singles. Against Missouri-St. Louis, Kansas City won all matches in straight sets. Stride and Neil O'Connor had the largest wins both finishing 6-1, 6-1.
 
NM STATE
The Aggies started their weekend with a 3-4 loss to UC Davis, they followed with a 4-2 win over Saint Mary's before falling to Grand Canyon 0-4. NM State lost the doubles point to UC Davis. They tried to answer in singles but fell just short. Stijn de Haan won 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 and Louis Menard won 6-3, 6-3. Enrique Asmar also won from the No. 5 slot, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The Aggies kicked off against Saint Mary's on a positive note winning the doubles point. de Haan and Menard earned wins in singles again. Nicolas Buritrago posted a victory 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 and Luis Flores won 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the team win.
 
SEATTLE U
Seattle U posted a 5-2 win over George Fox. The Redhawks dropped the doubles point but were able to rebound in singles. Arshak Ghazaryan and Emilio Monroy both won in straight sets by scores of 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1. Colton Weeldreyer and Alex Chan also won in singles.
 
2019 WAC TOURNAMENT
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.
 
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.