@patriotstennis falls to No. 2-ranked Stags in regional final

Saturday, May 14, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The UT Tyler men’s tennis team took the defending national champions, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, to the brink but were unable to advance as the Patriots took a 5-4 loss to the No. 2-ranked Stags on Saturday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

“I am proud that we played to our full potential when it mattered most,” UT Tyler coach Chris Bizot said. “We played very clutch opportunistic doubles. Most importantly we believed in ourselves and each other.”

The No. 31 Patriots had their season end after the team led 3-0 after doubles play on the Stags’ home court in the regional final. UT Tyler was up early with Joey Fischer and Pablo Gomez earning an 8-3 third doubles win and then Arthur Fagundes and Frankie Fischer secured an 8-6 first doubles win. The Patriots took the 3-0 lead after doubles with Daniel Budd and Jose McIntyre taking a 9-8 (8-6) second doubles win. Joey Fischer and Gomez improved to 19-4 on the season with the win for the Patriots who finish the season with an 18-10 overall record and having advanced to their ninth straight regional tournament.

UT Tyler would get its fourth win of the match with Joey Fischer taking a 6-0, 7-6 (10-8) fourth singles victory. The win by Joey Fischer came after the Stags had tied taken a 4-3 lead with singles wins over Ryan Elwood, Jose McIntyre and Fagundes and set up a clash at first singles between Skyler Butts and UT Tyler senior Daniel Budd for the match. Budd would take the opening set, 4-6, but would fall 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 as the Stags survived and advanced to the NCAA DIII Men’s Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Budd completed his career with a 51-29 career record in singles play and was 58-21 in doubles after his win with McIntyre on Saturday.

Fagundes and Frankie Fischer, who are now 14-5 this season, will play at the national tournament in doubles, while Fagundes will play in singles.

Singles competition
1. Skyler Butts (CMS) def. Daniel Budd (UTT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. Glenn Hull (CMS) def. Arthur Fagundes (UTT) 6-4, 6-0
3. Daniel Morkovine (CMS) def. Pablo Gomez (UTT) 6-2, 6-1
4. Joey Fischer (UTT) def. Max Macey (CMS) 6-0, 7-6 (10-8)
5. Patrick Wildman (CMS) def. Jose McIntyre (UTT) 6-0, 6-1
6. Julian Gordy (CMS) def. Ryan Elwood (UTT) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Arthur Fagundes/Frankie Fischer (UTT) def. Skyler Butts/Daniel Morkovine (CMS) 8-6
2. Daniel Budd/Jose McIntyre (UTT) def. Julian Gordy/Oliver Seifert (CMS) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Joey Fischer/Pablo Gomez (UTT) def. Glenn Hull/Bryan Mehall (CMS) 8-3
Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,2,3,4,1)
NCAA Regionals Round 3