@PatriotsTennis picked to win ASC East Men's Division

Thursday, January 25, 2018
by Hunter Dooley

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s tennis team has been voted to win the American Southwest Conference East Division title by the coaches from the conference. UT Tyler received 12 of 13 votes for the East and UT Dallas had 10 of 13 votes on the West Division side.

“I am not surprised by the preseason poll, especially after their performance at the Fall ITA,” UT Tyler coach Adam Cohen said. “It is important that our men understand any type of championship is possible for them this year if they commit to it the right way. We have lots of work to do in order to set ourselves up for a big run at the end of the year, but I believe they are up for the task. It’s very simple. If they commit to working harder than they ever have, trust the process, and compete with passion, then we will be poised to do something truly spectacular.”

The UT Tyler men’s team comes off an impressive 2017 season where it won the ASC Tournament and made a trip to the NCAA Regionals. They will look to win their 15th straight East Division title and fifth straight ASC tournament championship in their 2018 campaign.

UT Tyler junior Arthur Fagundes and sophomore Gabriel Hidalgo were placed on the ASC Preseason Players to Watch list for the Patriots. Fagundes was selected as an ITA All-American in 2017this past Fall and was the ASC All-Tournament MVP last Spring. He has won 30 singles matches and 27 doubles matches throughout his freshman and sophomore seasons that helped the Patriots to two ASC Championships and two NCAA Regionals appearances.

The team is returning seven All-ASC players, an ASC Freshman of the Year, three All-Tournament players, and a Conference MVP. The UT Tyler men’s roster includes Alvar de la Mano Andres, Alexandre Bouchard, Ford Cunningham, Jose Currea, Arthur Fagundes, Oscar Ferrero, Pablo Gomez, Vinicio Hadlich, Gabriel Hidalgo, Vitor Laporte, Juan Martinez, Jose McIntyre, Marco Miranda, Tomas Parra, Andres Perez, Daniel Rodrigues, and Jushua Vanwinkle.

The 2018 men’s tennis season is set to begin in Tyler on Saturday, Feb. 3 with matches against Hardin-Simmons at 9 a.m. and McMurry at 2 p.m. at the Summers Tennis Center.

2018 ASC Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll
East Division

Rank Team (1st place votes) Pts. 2017 Record (ASC)
1. UT Tyler (12) 77 19-7 (4-0)
2. East Texas Baptist (1) 57 7-11 (3-1)
3. LeTourneau 50 6-12 (2-2)
4. Belhaven # 43 12-8
5. Ozarks 31 6-13 (1-3)
6. Louisiana College 14 1-9 (0-4)

# Ineligible for 2018 ASC Championship/NCAA Tournament (Div. III Provisional)
West Division

Rank Team (1st place votes) Pts. 2017 Record (ASC)
1. UT Dallas (10) 83 13-4 (6-0)
2. Hardin-Simmons (2) 76 10-12 (4-2)
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor 53 10-5 (5-1)
  McMurry  % 53 6-14 (3-3)
5. Concordia Texas 45 4-13 (2-4)
6. Sul Ross State 31 1-13 (1-5)
7. Howard Payne (1) 23 0-15 (0-6)

% Ineligible for 2018 ASC Championship/NCAA Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying)
2018 ASC Men’s Tennis Preseason Players to Watch
Players selected by their respective head coach

Name Cl. School
Mauricio Gonzalez Jr. Belhaven
Joan Soler Jr. Belhaven
Hoanh Le Jr. Concordia Texas
Adam Compton Fr. Concordia Texas
Cody Highsmith  E Jr. East Texas Baptist
John Herr E So. East Texas Baptist
Alex Hunt Jr. Hardin-Simmons
Griffin Weinkam W Jr. Hardin-Simmons
Gabe Benitez Sr. Howard Payne
Ben Blanchard Fr. Howard Payne
Jimmie Henson E So. LeTourneau
Christian Farris E So. LeTourneau
Drake Battaglia Jr. Louisiana College
Curtis Sebren Sr. Louisiana College
Cole Weiss So. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Robert Galligan Fr. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Carlos Martinez *W Fr. McMurry
Clayton Pope Sr. McMurry
Melle Van Duijn So. Ozarks
Jonah Martinez E So. Ozarks
Jordan Whitehead Jr. Sul Ross State
Kyle Ferguson So. Sul Ross State
Mario Jelev W Jr. UT Dallas
Ashwin Vaithianathan *W So. UT Dallas
Arthur Fagundes * Jr. UT Tyler
Gabriel Hidalgo * E So. UT Tyler

2017 All-Conference*
2017 East Division E
2017 West Division W