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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 27

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - March 27
NM State's Stijn de Haan and UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra and UT Rio Grande Valley's doubles team Clement Sarradin and George Hutchings and Grand Canyon doubles team Autum Prudhomme and Celia Morel have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week for March 19-25.
de Haan, a senior from Veldhoven, Netherlands, sealed the team win for the Aggies with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over his Southern Miss opponent. NM State defeated Southern Miss 4-3. de Haan earned the win from the No. 1 slot.
Ibarra, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, finished the weekend 3-0 and extended her win streak to ten matches in a row. She earned her first win over Chicago State, 6-2, 6-1 followed by a hard-fought victory over NM State 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Her final win came in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep against Seattle U. Ibarra moves to 10-2 in singles play on the spring season.
Sarradin, a junior from Clarensac, France, and Hutchings, a freshman from Lancashire, England, posted two wins over duos from Nicholls State and Alcorn State. The pair first defeated Nicholls State 6-2 followed by a narrow victory over Alcorn State, 7-5. Both wins helped UT Rio Grande Valley to earn the doubles point.
Prudhomme, a sophomore from Glendale, Ariz., and Morel, a junior from Passy, France, finished the week 4-0 with three wins coming in conference play. They are the only Grand Canyon duo to remain undefeated in WAC play. The pair beat opponents from Idaho State, Seattle U, Kansas City, and NM State. Playing from the No. 3 slot, the duo has won seven matches in a row and clinched three doubles points for the Lopes throughout the win streak.
Other male singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Leo Andreolli played in the singles lineup for the first time this season and swept his opponent, 6-0, 6-0… Hunter Clark of Kansas City posted a come-back win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Northwest Missouri State to clinch the team win… UT Rio Grande Valley's Georgije Babic went 2-0 on the weekend picking up his second and third wins of the season over Nicholls State and Alcorn State.
Other female singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Celia Morel advanced to 10-5 on the season snagging four more wins throughout the week… Katie Fries of Kansas City defeated an opponent from NM State but fell in a match to Grand Canyon… NM State's Harsha Challa remains undefeated in WAC play and has won nine straight matches earning three more over the weekend.
Other male doubles nominees: Grand Canyon's Lucas Grego and Freddie Grant won 6-1 against a University of the Southwest duo… Diego Giraldo and Ben Stride posted a 6-3 win pushing their season record to 8-3 as a pair… NM State's Louis Menard and Enrique Asmar added another win topping Southern Miss 6-3.
Other female doubles nominees: Kansas City's Michela Xibilia and Yana Grechkina defeated a pair from Grand Canyon and improved their season record to 4-5 from the No. 1 spot… Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio have won four straight matches and five of their last six together finishing this weekend with a perfect 3-0 record in conference play… UT Rio Grande Valley's Marine Darzyan and Dominique Ibarra improved to 8-4 and clinched the doubles point against Chicago State and Seattle U.
Grand Canyon dominated University of the Southwest, 7-0. Valentin Lang and Jakub Novak and Lucas Grego and Freddie Grant both won their doubles matches 6-1. Lang, Grego, Grant, Novak, and Leo Andreolli all won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Lorenzo Fucile won in the No. 1 spot 6-2, 6-1.
Kansas City defeated Northwest Missouri State 4-3 but lost a close one 3-4 to Creighton. The Roos earned the doubles point over Northwest Missouri State winning two of the three matches. Diego Giraldo and Ben Stride won their singles matches, 6-4, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-4. Hunter Clark won his 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to seal the victory. Giraldo and Stride were joined by Anil Patel in singles  wins against Creighton. The trio wasn't enough as Creighton won the doubles point  to steal the win.
The Aggies went 3-0 on the week snagging wins over Southern Miss, New Orleans, and Nicholls State. In a 4-3 win over Southern Miss, NM State dropped the doubles point but answered in singles winning four matches. Stijn de Haan and Mauri Benitez won easily 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1. They were joined by Louis Menard and Enrique Asmar for the win. The Aggies again earned a 4-3 win over New Orleans all in singles play. Benitez, Menard, Nicolas Buirtrago, and Luis Flores all posted wins. NM State's final win came against Nicholls State 5-0. They won the doubles point and four singles matches before leaving the other two unfinished.
UT Rio Grande Valley lost to Nicholls State 3-4 but answered with a 4-0 sweep over Alcorn State. The Vaqueros swept doubles to earn the first point. They also won twice in singles from the No. 5 and 6 slots. Te Kani WIlliams and Georgeije Babic earned the two singles points. Against Alcorn State, UTRGV won two doubles matches before the third was left unfinished. Samuel de Felipe Garcia, Clement Sarradin, and Babic won singles to clinch the match.
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 Kansas City 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.