RECAP: Fagundes falls in Round of 32

Thursday, May 25, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Arthur Fagundes had his sensational sophomore season come to an end on Thursday with a three-set loss in the NCAA Division III Individual Tennis Championship to John Hopkins University’s Jeremy Dubin in the Round of 32 at The Champions Tennis Club.

Fagundes dropped the match 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 loss and finishes the year with a 14-3 record after battling back from dropping the first set to force a third. A Brazil native, Fagundes is now 30-9 in his two seasons with the Patriots and has emerged as one of the best players in the nation.

“Arthur played great this season,” UT Tyler coach Joe Vann said. “I know he is a little disappointed in the way it ended for him, but when you look at his entire body of work he had a great year. He qualified for fall nationals by winning a regional ITA, we beat some great top players from around the country, and worked his way up to be in the top 10 singles player for the regular season. I am very proud that he put in the work needed to improve the parts of his game that he needed to for him to reach that level of play.”

Dubin is a senior from Southhampton, New York who is now 57-26 in his career after the win over Fagundes. Dubin was named the ITA Atlantic South Most Improved Senior, the Centennial Conference (CC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and is an ITA All-America in doubles.

Fagundes finishes the year after having been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Year and also the ASC Championship’s Most Valuable Player. His sophomore season started with success in the fall where he won the ITA West Region tournament and then he started his spring season with 10 straight wins. His only regular-season loss came to Mohanad Alhouni of Gustavus Adolphus in a 6-4, 5-7, 1-6 match. Fagundes earned singles wins over seven ranked teams and he had 12 doubles victories.

"I believe that he is ready for the next step, a big national tournament run," Vann said. "We have been to the postseason twice for individuals. His freshman year, he was very taken aback by the whole experience and got swept up by the veterans. This year he was involved the entire match, but still is getting used to the length of the season and what it takes to preform here this late in the year. Next year he will be ready to make a big splash, and show everyone what Patriot Tennis can do."