Oct 02, 2019
UTRGV AND NM STATE TAKE HOME PLAYERS OF THE MONTH AWARDS
UT Rio Grande Valley singles player Samuel de Felipe Garcia and NM State doubles team Louis Menard and Jordy Visser have been named the Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Month for September.
De Felipe Garcia, a sophomore from Oviendo, Spain, went 3-0 in September. The Spaniard went undefeated at the Islander Open in Corpus Christi, Texas, on his way to capturing the Singles "A" Draw Championship. In the championship, de Felipe Garcia saw Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Pascal Lorieul and opened with a dominating 6-1 win in the first set. The second set would prove to be tougher, yet de Felipe Garcia prevailed with a 7-6 win to secure the championship.
Menard, a junior from Annecy, France, and teammate Visser, a freshman from Bemmel Netherlands, managed a 6-4 record in September. The duo competed in three invitational tournaments, drawing competition from the likes of Abilene Christian, Arizona, BYU, Grand Canyon, San Diego State and Washington State during September. Menard, a first-team All-WAC Singles selection last year, and Visser went 3-1 at their first tournament together when they teamed up at the Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. In their second tournament, the two Aggies reached the finals at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., before falling to Arizona 6-7 in a tightly contested match.
Other male singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Valentin Lang reached the final in the top flight at the Wildcat Invitational... NM States Sebastian Herrera went 6-1 on the month, including a perfect 3-0 record at the Wildcat Invitational.
Other male doubles nominees: Grand Canyon's Valentin Lang/Jakub Novak went 2-1 at the Wildcat Invitational, picking up wins over Northern Colorado and New Mexico...UT Rio Grande Valley's Zane Kohrs/Alberto Mello finished the month with a 2-1 record with both wins coming over Laredo CC at the Islander Open.
2019 WAC TOURNAMENT
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by Kansas City on April 24-26 in Kansas City, Mo. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed while the No. 3 seed takes on the No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a bye and 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 Grand Canyon as they defeated NM State 4-3 in the Championship match last year.
Chicago State competed at the Rocket Invitational in September and posted a 5-7 singles record and a 2-4 doubles record. Both Pedja Kolaric and Jakov Suler finished the month with one win and zero losses. The doubles team of Suler and Kolaric defeated Eastern Illinois 6-4, 7-6 (2-0).
Grand Canyon participated in the Wildcat Invitational during the month of September. Lorenzo Fucile also represented the Lopes at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. Valentin Lang paced the Lopes as he went 4-0 in singles play on the month. As a team, the Lopes finished with a 16-15 record in singles tournament play. In doubles play, Lang and Jakub Novak were the only pair to capture a victory at the Wildcat Invitational as they went 2-1 in Tucson, Ariz.
In September, NM State was the busiest team as they hosted the Aggie Invite and competed at the Wildcat Invitational and ITA Bedford Cup. The Aggies went 44-32 in singles play with Sebastian Herrera leading the way with a 6-1 record. Freshman Jordy Visser came out on top in the consolation draw at the ITA Bedford Cup. The doubles teams of Menard and Visser finished second at the Aggie Invite while teammates Martin Simecek and Luis Flores picked up a third-place finish on the Aggies' home courts.
UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
UT Rio Grande Valley competed at the Islander Open in September. As a team, they posted a 10-15 singles record and a 3-8 doubles record. Sophomore Samuel de Felipe Garcia led the way in the Islander Open, winning all three of his matches on his way to capturing the Singles "A" Draw Championship. De Felipe Garcia defeated Corpus Christi's Pascal Lorieul 6-1, 7-6 in the finals. In doubles play, UTRGV's best record came from the team of Zane Kohrs and Alberto Mello as they went 2-1 at the Islander Open. In September, the Vaqueros also added Assistant Coach Mitch Hallum to their staff.
2019 ITA REGIONALS
The ITA Regional Championships will feature some of the top men's and women's players across the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete across 85 ITA Regional Championships around the country.
Midwest: Ohio State
Ohio Valley: Vanderbilt