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This Week in WAC Tennis - Final

This Week in WAC Tennis - Final
 
NM STATE FALLS TO STANFORD IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
The NM State women's tennis team's season came to an end Saturday afternoon when it fell to No. 3 Stanford 4-0 in first round action of the NCAA Tournament at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
 
Doublues action started with NM State going down 4-0 on all three courts before the Aggies were able to steal a game on Courts No. 3 and No. 1. However , the Cardinal clinched the doubles point on back-to-back serves with Chloe Gavino and Rebecca Keijzerwaard falling on court No. 3 against No. 57-ranked Melissa Lord and Nikula Madurawe 6-1. Shortly after, Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio were bested by No. 29-ranked Emily Arbuthnott and Michalea Gordon on Court No. 2 by a score of 6-0.
 
NM State trailed early in singles action as the Aggies trailed on four of six courts with Neus Torregros and Rubio taking a 1-0 lead on courts No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. However, the Cardinal (23-1) would up taking the first set on all six courts.
 
The Aggies (15-10) went down 2-0 later when Harlas fell to Lord, who is ranked No. 29 in the country, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot. NM State saw it's deficit grow to 3-0 when Harsha Challa was defeated by No. 66 Caroline Lampl 6-1, 6-1 on court No. 3.
 
Keijzerwaard then took a 4-3 lead over Gordon while Gavino battled back to get within 5-2 of Madurawe to keep the Aggies hopes alive. However, Madurawe clinched the match and ended NM State's season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Gavino on court No. 6 after the break.
 
GRAND CANYON FALLS TO NO. 11 UCLA IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Grand Canyon men's tennis team saw it's season come to an end on Saturday witha 4-0 loss to No. 11 UCLA.
 
The Lopes (19-7) fell behind early as they dropped the doubles point to the Bruins (18-5) who got wins on court two and three.
 
In singles, UCLA got wins on courts one, two and then five to put away the match. Lorenzo Fucile fought on the top court but fell 6-1, 6-4. Mathieu Rajaonah lost 6-3, 6-3. while Freddie Grant fell 6-0, 6-2. Valentin Lang, Lucas Grego, and Jakub Novak all went unfinished in singles play.
 
UCLA will face Oklahoma State on Saturday with a chance to move on to the next round of the NCAA Championships.
 
WAC QUARTET EARNS GOOGLE CLOUD ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
A quartet of WAC tennis student-athletes were honored for their success both on and off the court, earning Google Cloud Academic All-District honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
 
Kansas City's Ben Stride and Katie Fries represented the Roos on the District 6 teams. Stride, a graduate student majoring in environmental and urban geosciences, holds a 4.00 grade-point average. He also earned All-Tournament honors as both a singles player and doubles player at last month's WAC Tournament. Fries, a senior majoring in nursing, holds a 3.98 grade-point average and was named second-team All-WAC honoree.
 
NM State was represented on the District 7 team by Enrique Asmar. As a senior civil engineering major, he holds a 3.97 grade-point average and he also earned all-tournament honors at the doubles position at the 2019 WAC Tournament .
 
Grand Canyon's Lucas Grego was the final honoree, earning a spot on the District 8 team. A First Team All-WAC selection at the number three singles and number three doubles position, he holds a 4.00 grade-point average as a senior sports business major who is also working on his MBA.
 
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. In addition, nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed.