Friday, April 14, 2017
The UT Tyler tennis teams secured American Southwest Conference East Division Championships after earning a pair of 9-0 wins over LeTourneau and Louisiana College on Friday in Longview and Pineville, Louisiana. With the ASC East title, the men’s team will host the ASC Championship from May 4-6 at the Summers Tennis Center, while the women’s team will be the East’s top seed at the women’s tournament at Hardin-Simmons next weekend.
The No. 17-ranked men’s team improved to 16-6 on the season with the win that included singles victories from Vinicio Hadlich, Cameron McCarthy, Vitor Laporte, Andres Perez, Marvin Griener and Cade Navarro. In doubles play, Ryan Elwood and Gabriel Hidalgo secured an 8-4 first doubles win while Jake Cunningham and Ford Cunningham were 8-2 winners in second doubles. The Patriots had a 3-0 lead after doubles play with Navarro and McCarthy easing to an 8-0 third doubles win. Hadlich was a 6-2, 6-3 first singles winner while McCarthy took a 6-2, 7-5 second singles win.
The women’s team improved to 11-8 on the season and secured the East Division with their 9-0 win over the YellowJackets with Lauren Kuhn and Nancy Perez taking a 9-8 (7-4) first doubles win and Savannah Seely and Alexandra McKissick an 8-1 second doubles win. Alaska Raper and Victoria Kniffen were 8-2 third doubles winners for the Patriots who took the 3-0 lead into singles action. Kuhn, who was named the ASC East Player of the Week on Wednesday, was a 6-4, 6-2 first singles winner and McKissick a 6-1, 6-1 second singles winner for the Patriots. Seely took a 6-0, 6-1 third singles win with Emily Danielson, Kniffen and Raper completing the dominant win for the Patriots.
Seely and McKissick would earn an 8-0 first doubles win at LC with Kniffen and Raper taking an 8-1 second doubles victory, while Kuhn, Perez, Danielson, Kniffen, Raper and Katelyn Jantzen were winners in singles play. Danielson and Jantzen earned an 8-0 win in their third doubles match. On the men's side, Halich, Jake Cunningham, Cameron McCarthy, LaPorte, Pereez and Griener won in singles play after three doubles wins over the Wildcats to start their second dual match of the day. Hidalgo and Elwood were 8-0 winners in first doubles, while Jake Cunningham and Ford Cunningham won in second doubles and Cade Navarro and Alex Bouchard in third doubles. The Patriots dropped only one set the entire match with three 8-0 wins in doubles play and five 6-0, 6-0 singles wins. The only dropped set was in sixth singles where UT Tyler earned a 6-0, 6-1 win.
The UT Tyler tennis program will enter the ASC Championships having won the past three titles and will both be looking to win their ninth overall conference championships.