Fischer, Fagundes selected for NCAA DIII Championships

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – UT Tyler’s Arthur Fagundes and Frankie Fischer have been selected by the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee to compete in the doubles competition and Fagundes in singles at the 2016 NCAA DIII Tennis Championships.

The committee selected 32 singles player and 16 doubles teams based on win-lost record along with strength of schedule. The individual championships are scheduled for May 26-28 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With their selections, Fagundes and Fischer have secured their trip, while the Patriots will compete this weekend for an opportunity to advance to the team championship which is scheduled for May 23-25 in Kalamazoo. UT Tyler will travel to the regional tournament in Claremont, California this weekend with an opening round matchup against Whitman at 4 p.m. (CDT) on Friday.

Fischer and Fagundes enter this weekend’s regional tournament with a 12-5 record in first doubles competition, including a five-match winning streak. Fagundes is a freshman from Brazil, while Fischer is a senior from Georgetown in his second season at UT Tyler. The doubles partners are coming off an 8-1 win over Texas Dallas in the American Southwest Conference Championship finals.

In singles play, Fagundes is 15-5 this season with a 2-2 record in first singles and a 13-3 second singles record. He’s won six straight matches and had two matches at the ASC Championship go unfinished with the team completing wins as he was leading his matches. Fagundes was named the ASC Championship MVP and is the ASC Newcomer of the Year.