PREVIEW: @Patriotstennis eyes 10th ASC Championship title

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The No. 29-ranked UT Tyler Patriots will open the American Southwest Conference Men’s Tennis Championship at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday against Concordia in a quarterfinal matchup at the UTD Tennis Courts in Richardson.

UT Tyler has won nine ASC Championship titles in program history, including four in a row and nine of the last 10. UTT won last year’s ASC Championship final by a 5-0 score over the Comets in Tyler after opening the tournament with a 5-0 win over Concordia in the quarterfinals.

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The Patriots won the ASC East Division with a 5-0 conference record, while UT Dallas won the ASC West and hosting rights with a 6-0 in-division record. UT Tyler has a 17-4 overall record coming into the three-day postseason competition on UT Dallas’ campus. With a win over Concordia, UT Tyler would play at 10:30 a.m. on Friday against the quarterfinal matchup of Hardin-Simmons and Ozarks. The ASC Championship final is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday.

UT Tyler is led by all-American Arthur Fagundes who has won six matches this season in first singles against strong competition. Fagundes won the ITA Southwest Regional in the fall and is ranked No. 11 nationally. Fagundes and Pablo Gomez are 5-5 in doubles. UT Tyler sophomore Gabriel Hidalgo comes into the postseason with a 15-5 record in singles and is 10-4 with partner Daniel Rodriguez. Hidalgo and Rodriguez are 6-1 in second doubles play this season. Rodriguez has a 11-5 singles record, including going 7-3 in third singles for the Patriots.

Jose McIntyre has a 11-5 record in singles, while Vinicio Hadlich has six singles wins, Alvar Andres is 8-0 and Jose Currea 10-3 coming into the match against the Tornados who are 8-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Hardin-Simmons will play Ozarks in the first match of the tournament at 9 a.m. on Thursday, followed by UTT-CTX, then East Texas Baptist and Mary Hardin-Baylor in the third match and then UT Dallas and LeTourneau in the final quarterfinal matchup.