CHAMPS: @patriotstennis wins fourth straight ASC title

Saturday, May 6, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The No. 23-ranked UT Tyler Patriots earned their fourth straight American Southwest Conference Men’s Tennis Championship with a 5-0 win over UT Dallas in the finals on Saturday at the Summers Tennis Center.

The Patriots (18-6) secured the ASC berth to next week’s NCAA postseason with the location and opponent to be announced next week. UT Tyler has now won nine ASC titles in program history.

“I am very proud of the way the men stepped up and delivered today,” UT Tyler head coach Joe Vann said. “As I said before, UT Dallas is an excellent team and pushed us to the limit in doubles and singles today. The overall score does not accurately reflect the effort and determination from UT Dallas, or from us, to bring home this title again.”

UT Tyler jumped out quick with three doubles wins starting with a Ryan Elwood and Gabriel Hidalgo rolling to an 8-2 third doubles win followed by Pablo Gomez and Joey Fischer taking an8-5 second doubles win. Arthur Fagundes and Jose McIntyre found themselves in a fight in first double before earning a 9-8 (7-5) victory.

With the 3-0 lead and needing only two wins in singles to secure the title, Fischer made quick work in fifth singles with a 6-4, 6-0 win to cap his senior year tournament. Just five minutes later, Vinicio Hadlich finished off the Comets with a 6-2, 6-0 second singles win over Mario Jelez. With his win, the Patriots clinched the championship and stormed the second court to celebrate the title. Fagundes was named the ASC Most Valuable Player, while Fischer, Hadlich and Daniel Rodriguez earned all-tournament.

 “Earning a fourth consecutive title is special,” Vann said. “It shows that UT Tyler Tennis is approaching all aspects of college tennis the right way. We still have some things to work on in practice this week before regionals, but overall the men are playing strong. They will enjoy it today and tomorrow, however, come Monday we still have work to do. We look forward to Regionals, but our journey is not over yet.”

 Quarterfinals | Thursday, May 4 
Hardin-Simmons (#3 West) 5,  East Texas Baptist (#2 East ) 1   |  📊Box Score  | 📷PHOTOS
M2: UT Dallas (#1 West) 5,  Ozarks (#4 East) 0  |  📊Box Score 📷PHOTOS
M3: Mary Hardin-Baylor (#2 West) 5,  LeTourneau (#3 East) 1  |  📊Box Score 📷PHOTOS
M4: UT Tyler (#1 East) 5,  Concordia Texas (#4 West) 0  | 📊Box Score   | 📷PHOTOS
 

Semifinals | Friday, May 5
M5:  UT Dallas  5, Hardin-Simmons 2  | Box Score | 📷PHOTOS
M6: UT Tyler 5, Mary Hardin-Baylor 2  | Box Score  📷PHOTOS
 
Championship Final | Saturday, May 6
M7:  UT Tyler 5, UT Dallas 0 | Box Score  | 📷PHOTOS

 

ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS

MVP

Arthur Fagundes

 

All-Tournament

Joey Fischer (UTT)

Vinicio Hadlich (UTT)

Daniel Rodriguez (UTT)

Eric Chen (UTD)

Hrudhay Ravula (UTD)

Alex Hunt (HSU)

Brendan Thompson (UMHB)