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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - April 17

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - April 17
Grand Canyon's Freddie Grant and Kansas City's doubles team Diego Giraldo and Ben Stride have been named the Men's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week for April 9-16.
Grant, a sophomore from Surrey, England, went 2-0 over the weekend to close out WAC-play with a perfect 5-0 record. His most recent wins came against NM State 7-5, 6-1 and UT Rio Grande Valley 6-2, 7-5. Grant currently holds an eight-match win-streak.
Giraldo, a sophomore from Medellin, Columbia, and Stride, a graduate student from Bognor Regis, England, improved their overall record to 14-4 on the year. They won both of their matches over the weekend from the No. 1 spot against duos from Seattle U and Chicago State. The pair is currently on a seven-match win-streak and finished conference-play with an unscathed 5-0 record.
Other male singles nominees: Chicago State's Gonzalo Martinez tied CSU history in career singles wins with 51 as he picked up two more over the weekend… Ben Stride of Kansas City improved to 14-4 and 3-1 in the WAC as he won twice in the last conference pod.
Other male doubles nominees: Chicago State's Gonzalo Martinez and George Botha went 2-1 over the weekend dropping just one match to a duo from Kansas City… Mathieu Rajaonah and Lorenzo Fucile of Grand Canyon closed out the regular season with a 15-4 record and 3-2 in the WAC.
The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for the 2019 WAC Men's Tennis Tournament on April 26-28 at the Brownsville Tennis Center in Brownsville, Texas.
Grand Canyon earns the No. 1 seed after ending WAC play with a perfect 5-0 record. The Lopes await the end of the first round to learn their first opponent between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds.
NM State stamped its ticket straight to the semifinals with a No. 2 seed and 4-1 record. The Aggies will face the winner of the No. 3 and No. 6 seed.
Kansas City enters the tournament with a 3-2 record earning the No. 3 seed.
Taking the fourth seed is Chicago State and it will open play against fifth-seeded UT Rio Grande Valley in the first round.
Seattle U finished the season with an 0-5 record and it opens against Kansas City in the first round.
The tournament begins Friday, April 26, with both of the first-round matches beginning at 1 p.m. local time.
Chicago State won two matches in the final WAC pod. They earned two 4-3 wins over UT Rio Grande Valley and Seattle U. Chicago State won the doubles point against UTRGV. Felix Savard and Gonzalo Martinez both won their singles matches in straight matches, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-4, respectively. Jakov Suler won the third singles match for the Cougars to secure the victory. Against Seattle U, CSU dropped the doubles point but answered in singles play. Suler, Savard and Martinez again won their singles matchups. George Botha added the fourth win to clinch the team win.
Grand Canyon tallied a 6-1 win over NM State and a 7-0 win over UT Rio Grande Valley. The Lopes' only loss of the weekend came in the No. 2 spot against NM State. Grand Canyon clinched the regular season conference win and earned the No. 1 seed for the WAC Championship with the victories.
Kansas City posted two big wins in their final weekend of conference play. The Roos dominated Seattle U and Chicago State winning both 7-0. Kansas City is the No. 3 seed headed into the WAC Championships
The Aggies lost to Grand Canyon but earned a win over Seattle U 5-2. NM State won the doubles match and completed the win in singles play. Louis Menard, Martin Simecek, and Mauri Benitez won their singles matches in straight sets. Nicolas Buitrago rounded out the singles wins to seal the 5-2 victory.
Seattle U lost three times to Kansas City, NM State, and Chicago State. Colton Weeldreyer and Emilio Monroy both earned singles wins against NM State. Against Chicago State, Seattle U won the doubles point and Adrian Alvarez-Sanabria and Billy Givens-Jensen both won in singles.
UT Rio Grande Valley lost twice to Chicago State and Grand Canyon. They fell 4-3 to the Cougars and 7-0 to the Lopes. George Hutchings, Te Kani Williams, and Zane Kohrs accounted for the points against CSU winning their singles matches.
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.