@patriotstennis advances to ASC Championship finals

Friday, April 29, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

PLANO – The UT Tyler Patriots swept their way into the American Southwest Conference Men's Tennis Championship finals with a 5-0 semifinals win over Hardin-Simmons on Friday at Life Time Fitness.

The Patriots (16-9) cruised to the win and into their ninth straight finals with a win over the Cowboys at an indoor court in Plano due to weather making the UTD Tennis Courts unplayable. UT Tyler will play for its third straight ASC title on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Texas Dallas. The Comets advanced to the finals with a 5-2 win over ETBU in their semifinal match on Friday. 

The Patriots, who earned a 5-0 quarterfinal win over UMHB on Thursday, will be playing for their eighth ASC tournament championship on Saturday which would establish them as the program with the most titles. HSU also has seven ASC tournament titles.

Arthur Fagundes gave UT Tyler two wins on Friday with a quick 6-0, 6-0 second singles win over Ben Gutierrez following him teaming up with Frankie Fischer for an 8-4 first doubles win. The Patriots went into singles play with a 3-0 lead after Fischer and Fagundes took their match along with Daniel Budd and Jose McIntyre securing an 8-5 second doubles win and Pablo Gomez and Joey Fischer earning a hard-fought 9-8 (7-5) third doubles win.

The match was finished off by Fagundes winning his singles match and then Ryan Elwood closing the door with a 6-2, 6-2 sixth singles win. Budd, Gomez, Joey Fischer and McIntyre’s singles matches were unfinished as the Patriots advanced with the 5-0 win. Fagundes and Fischer improved to 11-5 as doubles partners this season, while Budd/McIntyre are now 15-3 in second doubles play and Joey Fischer and Pablo Gomez are 16-4 in doubles. A freshman from Brazil, Fagundes is 15-5 in singles action and Elwood took his record to 9-3.

Singles competition
1. Daniel Budd (UTT) vs. Alex Hunt (HSU) 5-5, unfinished
2. Arthur Fagundes (UTT) def. Ben Gutierrez (HSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Pablo Gomez (UTT) vs. B.J. Farmakis (HSU) 6-3, 1-2, unfinished
4. Joey Fischer (UTT) vs. Griffin Weinkam (HSU) 6-6 (2-1), unfinished
5. Jose McIntyre (UTT) vs. Keenan Nash (HSU) 6-3, 1-1, unfinished
6. Ryan Elwood (UTT) def. Andrew Eurek (HSU) 6-2, 6-2 
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Fagundes/Frankie Fischer (UTT) def. Alex Hunt/Andrew Eurek (HSU) 8-4
2. Daniel Budd/Jose McIntyre (UTT) def. Chandler Livingston/Griffin Weinkam (HSU) 8-5
3. Pablo Gomez/Joey Fischer (UTT) def. Frankie Sanchez/B.J. Farmakis (HSU) 9-8 (7-5) 
Match Notes
Hardin-Simmons 12-9
Texas-Tyler 16-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6)
Match 5 of ASC Men's Tennis Championship Tournament