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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 20

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 20
Grand Canyon's Jakub Novak and Valentin Lang have been named the Men's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week for March 12-18.
Novak, a freshman from Prostejov, Czech Republic, finished his week 3-0. His first came with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 win over Liberty. He was one of just two wins for the Lopes against Liberty. He won his next two matches in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 over an opponent from Hawaii and 7-6, 6-2 over Oral Roberts.
Novak and Valentin Lang, a junior from Mulhouse, France, won three straight doubles matches. They were the only doubles team to win against Liberty, 6-3. The duo then defeated a pair from Hawaii 6-4 and posted their biggest victory over Oral Roberts 6-1.
Other male singles nominees: Kansas City's Diego Giraldo had two matches end unfinished and sit at 7-5 in singles play for 2018.
Other male doubles nominees: Giraldo and Ben Stride lost 6-4 to Wichita State and ended a match unfinished 6-6 against No. 22 Oklahoma State.
The Cougars lost twice with the first being a 3-4 deficit to Southern Utah. Felix Savard and Gonzalo Martinez were responsible for two of the points both winning singles. Savard won easily 6-1, 6-1 while Martinez battled for a 6-2, 6-7, 2-6 victory. CSU also won singles with Jakov Suler and Savard and George Botha and Martinez winning 6-3 and 6-1, respectively. Chicago State's also lost 0-7 to Idaho State.
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 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.
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 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.
The Vaqueros lost 0-4 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
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.