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This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - May 1

This Week in WAC Men's Tennis - May 1
 
WAC MEN'S TENNIS POSTSEASON HONORS ANNOUNCED
The 2019 All-WAC men's tennis teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC's six head coaches. Grand Canyon's Lorenzo Fucile headlines the awards, earning WAC Player of the Year honors, while teammate Jakub Novak was named WAC Freshman of the Year. Grand Canyon swept the major awards as Gregory Prudhomme of Grand Canyon won WAC Coach of the Year.
 
Fucile was named WAC Player of the Year after going 4-1 in WAC play as Grand Canyon's No. 1 singles player. He finished the regular season with a 15-8 record. Fucile also earned first team All-WAC honors at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles.
 
Novak earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after going 5-0 in the No. 6 slot in WAC matches. He ended the regular season of his first year of collegiate play with a 14-4 record. Novak, who also earned first team All-WAC honors in both singles (No. 6) and doubles (No. 2), heads into WAC Tournament play on an 11-match win streak.
 
Prudhomme earned WAC Coach of the Year after leading Grand Canyon to a perfect 5-0 record in WAC play. He helped the Lopes to an overall record of 17-6. Prudhomme also earned WAC Coach of the Year honors on the women's side.
 
The complete All-WAC teams are listed below.
First Team All-WAC Singles
No. 1 Lorenzo Fucile, Grand Canyon
No. 2 Louis Menard, NM State
No. 3 Valentin Lang, Grand Canyon
No. 4 Lucas Grego, Grand Canyon
No. 5 Freddie Grant, Grand Canyon
No. 6 Jakub Novak, Grand Canyon
 
First Team All-WAC Doubles
No. 1 Mathieu Rajaonah and Lorenzo Fucile, Grand Canyon
No. 2 Jakub Novak and Valentin Lang, Grand Canyon
No. 3 Freddie Grant and Lucas Grego, Grand Canyon
 
Second Team All-WAC Singles
Gonzalo Martinez, Chicago State
Mathieu Rajaonah, Grand Canyon
Diego Giraldo, Kansas City
Martin Simecek, NM State
Stijn de Haan, NM State
Yehonatan Kaufman, UT Rio Grande Valley
 
Second Team All-WAC Doubles
Luis Flores and Nicolas Buitrago, NM State
Mauri Benitez and Stijn de Haan, NM State
Mateo Schmit and Clement Sarradin, UT Rio Grande Valley

Player of the Year: Lorenzo Fucile, Grand Canyon
Freshman of the Year: Jakub Novak, Grand Canyon
Coach of the Year: Gregory Prudhomme, Grand Canyon
 
GRAND CANYON TO FACE NO. 11 UCLA
The 2019 WAC Tournament Champion Grand Canyon men's tennis team will take on No. 11-seed UCLA in the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles.
 
The Lopes (19-6) head to the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time as the WAC representatives. They defeated NM State 4-3 in the WAC Tournament title match this past Sunday.
 
Grand Canyon takes on UCLA (17-5), after they fell to California in the PAC-12 semifinals, 4-1.
 
The winner of each first and second round site advances to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 16-25. The men's team semifinals and title match are scheduled for May 18 and 19.
 
WAC ANNOUNCES MEN'S TENNIS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONOREES
The WAC announced the 2019 Men's Tennis All-Tournament honorees, as voted on by the six head coaches, following last weekend's WAC Tournament in Brownsville, Texas.
 
Singles
Mauri Benitez, NM State
Lorenzo Fucile, Grand Canyon
Valentin Lang, Grand Canyon
Mathieu Rajaonah, Grand Canyon
Ben Stride, Kansas City
Jakov Suler, Chicago State

Doubles
Diego Giraldo/Ben Stride, Kansas City
Valentin Lang,/Jakub Novak, Grand Canyon
Louis Menard/Enrique Asmar, NM State
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC MEN'S TENNIS
CHICAGO STATE
Chicago State defeated UT Rio Grande Valley in the first round of play at the WAC tournament. The Cougars won 4-2 winning the doubles point and three singles. Jakov Suler won easily in the No. 1 slot, 6-2, 6-4. George Botha and Gonzalo Martinez accounted for the other two singles wins. Chicago State lost to Grand Canyon in the next round, 0-4.
 
GRAND CANYON
Grand Canyon earned the title of WAC Tournament Champions defeating Chicago State 4-0 and NM State 4-3. NM State won the doubles point but the Lopes fought back for the victory. Lorenzo Fucile, Mathieu Rajaonah, Valentin Lang and Jakub Novak all won in singles to clinch the win. Grand Canyon was also regular-season WAC Champions. With the tournament win, the Lopes stamped their ticket to the program's first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament. GCU faces No. 11 UCLA on May 3.
 
KANSAS CITY
The Roos topped Seattle U 4-0 in their opening round of WAC-Tournament play. They fell to NM State in the second round 1-4. Ben Stride was the solo Kansas City player to win against NM State. He defeated Louis Menard 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 from the No. 2 spot.
 
NM STATE
NM State defeated Kansas City 4-1 before falling to Grand Canyon 3-4 in the championship match. Against Grand Canyon, the Aggies jumped to a lead winning the doubles point. They couldn't hang on through singles play as the Lopes won from the top-three slots. Mauri Benitez and Enrique Asmar won in singles for the Aggies but Jakub Novak conquered Nicolas Buitrago from the No. 6 singles to seal the deal.
 
SEATTLE U
Seattle U fell to Kansas City in their first match of the WAC Tournament, 0-4.
 
UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
UT Rio Grande Valley lost 2-4 to Chicago State in their opening match of the WAC Tournament. Zane Kohrs earned the only singles win for UTRGV while the other point came by default.