@patriotstennis advances in NCAA tournament

Friday, May 13, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The UT Tyler Patriots are marching on to the third round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis West Region Championship after earning a 5-3 win over No. 19 Whitman on Friday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

UT Tyler will play at noon (CDT) on Saturday in the third round against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on its home court. UT Tyler and CMS have met once this season with the Stags taking a 7-2 decision on March 11.

The Patriots are advancing after taking down their ranked opponent with three doubles wins followed by Arthur Fagundes and Joey Fischer earning singles victories. Fagundes, who also secured a 9-8 (6-0) first doubles win with partner Frankie Fischer, took a quick 6-4, 6-3 second singles win to give the Patriots four victories. With only one more needed, Joey Fischer stepped up and earned a 7-6, 6-2 fourth singles win over Gary Ho to end the match and send UT Tyler to the third round.

UT Tyler got of to its fast start in doubles with Joey Fischer and Pablo Gomez taking an 8-3 win, while moments later Daniel Budd and Jose McIntyre secured an 8-4 second doubles win. Up 2-0, the Patriots looked to take the 3-0 lead with Fagundes and Frankie Fischer battling it out on the first doubles court. The doubles partners who have secured a trip to the national tournament came through for the team with their 9-8 (6-0) win.

Singles competition
1. Zach Hewlin (WTCM) vs. Daniel Budd (UTT) 6-4, 1-6, 1-3, unfinished
2. Arthur Fagundes (UTT) def. Phillip Locklear (WTCM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Chase Friedman (WTCM) def. Pablo Gomez (UTT) 6-2, 6-1
4. Joey Fischer (UTT) def. Gary Ho (WTCM) 7-6, 6-2
5. Peter Jivkov (WTCM) def. Jose McIntyre (UTT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Adam Rapoport (WTCM) def. Ryan Elwood (UTT) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Fagundes/Frankie Fischer (UTT) def. Robert Carter/Jake Hoeger (WTCM) 9-8 (6-0)
2. Daniel Budd/Jose McIntyre (UTT) def. Zach Hewlin/Gary Ho (WTCM) 8-4
3. Joey Fischer/Pablo Gomez (UTT) def. Chase Friedman/Peter Jivkov (WTCM) 8-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,5,3,4)
NCAA Regionals