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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - April 3

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - April 3
 
NM STATE AND GRAND CANYON REPRESENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS
NM State's Louis Menard and Grand Canyon's doubles team Jakub Novak and Valentin Lang have been named the Men's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week for March 26-April 1.
 
Menard, a sophomore from Annecy, France, stretched his win streak to six-straight matches and started conference-play 3-0. Menard earned non-conference wins over New Orleans and Nicholls State followed by three wins in WAC-play. He defeated an opponent from UT Rio Grande Valley, Chicago State, and Kansas City all in straight sets. Menard is the first Aggie to reach 20 overall wins with a 21-10 singles record and 12-6 in dual play.
 
Novak, a freshman from Prostejov, Czech Republic, and Lang, a junior from Mulhouse, France, opened conference-play with a 3-0 start. The duo defeated pairs from Kansas City, Seattle U, and Chicago State clinching the doubles point in two of the three matches. They have won ten matches straight.
 
Other male singles nominees: Chicago State's Gonzalo Martinez has won four of his last six matches picking up the latest against NM State and Grand Canyon… Freddie Grant of Grand Canyon improved to 12-5 on the season earning three conference wins over the weekend… UT Rio Grande Valley's Yehonatan Kaufman finished the weekend 2-1 and recorded UTRGV's lone point against NM State. 
 
Other male doubles nominees: NM State's Mauri Benitez and Stijn de Haan posted a record of 3-1 on the week and 2-1 in WAC-play defeating Nicholls State, UT Rio Grande Valley, and Chicago State… Mateo Schmit and Clement Sarradin posted a perfect 3-0 in conference-play and moved to 5-2 on the season as a duo.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC MEN'S TENNIS
CHICAGO STATE
The Cougars fell twice losing 1-6 to NM State and Grand Canyon. In both matches, Gonzalo Martinez earned Chicago State's solo points.
 
GRAND CANYON
Grand Canyon maintained a perfect record in the first outing of conference play.  The Lopes won easily three times. They first defeated Kansas City 6-1, followed by Seattle U 7-0, and Chicago State 6-1.
 
KANSAS CITY
Kansas City went 1-2 in the first WAC pod. The Roos lost to Grand Canyon and NM State 1-6 but rallied for a 4-3 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley. UTRGV snatched the doubles points but Kansas City answered strong in singles play winning the top four spots. Diego Giraldo, Ben Stride, Tom Kruse, and Hunter Clark all posted victories to seal the team win.
 
NM STATE
The Aggies joined Grand Canyon in earning a perfect 3-0 conference record. NM State won all three matches 6-1 topping UT Rio Grande Valley, Chicago State, and Kansas City.
 
SEATTLE U
Seattle U lost twice, 0-7, to Grand Canyon and UT Rio Grande Valley.
 
UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
UT Rio Grande Valley lost 1-6 to NM State and dropped a close 3-4 deficit to Kansas City. The Vaqueros rallied for a 7-0 win over Seattle U to end the first pod of conference play.
 
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 Kansas City 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.