Fischer, Fagundes take season-ending losses at nationals

Thursday, May 26, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist |

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – After a great season which resulted in at-large selections to the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships, UT Tyler’s Frankie Fischer and Arthur Fagundes had their seasons come to a close on Thursday with losses Stowe Stadium. Fagundes earned a bid to the tournament in singles and would drop a 6-2, 6-1 decision before doubles play where he and Fischer would take a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to CJ Krimbill and Louis Stuerke of Case Western Reserve.

“I am proud that they overcame adversity and played their best tennis when it mattered most,” UT Tyler coach Chris Bizot said. “To make it to nationals is very difficult and an amazing accomplishment.”

Fagundes is the first freshman in UT Tyler history to advance to the national tournament in both singles and doubles in his first year with the program. He would see his season end though with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Ben Rosen of Bates College in the round of 32 at the the tournament. He earned a selection to the NCAA DIII Championship based on his regular-season record and strength of schedule.

A freshman from Brazil, Fagundes finished his freshman season with a 16-7 singles record which included going 7-2 over the past nine matches. He was named the ITA West Region Rookie of the Year and was an American Southwest Conference Championship MVP and all-conference performer in his first season at UT Tyler. He started the season with a 6-0 record in singles play earned seven straight wins capped by a 6-4, 6-3 win over Whitman at the regional tournament. He would fall in a match two weeks ago against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to snap the streak.

Fagundes and Fischer helped to lead the Patriots to the ASC Championship and to the regional tournament for the ninth time in program history. Fischer, a senior from Georgetown, ends his two-year career with the Patriots after amassing a 41-10 doubles record.