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This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - March 27

This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - March 27
NM State's Stijn de Haan and UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra and UT Rio Grande Valley's doubles team Clement Sarradin and George Hutchings and Grand Canyon doubles team Autum Prudhomme and Celia Morel have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week for March 19-25.
de Haan, a senior from Veldhoven, Netherlands, sealed the team win for the Aggies with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over his Southern Miss opponent. NM State defeated Southern Miss 4-3. de Haan earned the win from the No. 1 slot.
Ibarra, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, finished the weekend 3-0 and extended her win streak to ten matches in a row. She earned her first win over Chicago State, 6-2, 6-1 followed by a hard-fought victory over NM State 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Her final win came in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep against Seattle U. Ibarra moves to 10-2 in singles play on the spring season.
Sarradin, a junior from Clarensac, France, and Hutchings, a freshman from Lancashire, England, posted two wins over duos from Nicholls State and Alcorn State. The pair first defeated Nicholls State 6-2 followed by a narrow victory over Alcorn State, 7-5. Both wins helped UT Rio Grande Valley to earn the doubles point.
Prudhomme, a sophomore from Glendale, Ariz., and Morel, a junior from Passy, France, finished the week 4-0 with three wins coming in conference play. They are the only Grand Canyon duo to remain undefeated in WAC play. The pair beat opponents from Idaho State, Seattle U, Kansas City, and NM State. Playing from the No. 3 slot, the duo has won seven matches in a row and clinched three doubles points for the Lopes throughout the win streak.
Other male singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Leo Andreolli played in the singles lineup for the first time this season and swept his opponent, 6-0, 6-0… Hunter Clark of Kansas City posted a come-back win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Northwest Missouri State to clinch the team win… UT Rio Grande Valley's Georgije Babic went 2-0 on the weekend picking up his second and third wins of the season over Nicholls State and Alcorn State.
Other female singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Celia Morel advanced to 10-5 on the season snagging four more wins throughout the week… Katie Fries of Kansas City defeated an opponent from NM State but fell in a match to Grand Canyon… NM State's Harsha Challa remains undefeated in WAC play and has won nine straight matches earning three more over the weekend.
Other male doubles nominees: Grand Canyon's Lucas Grego and Freddie Grant won 6-1 against a University of the Southwest duo… Diego Giraldo and Ben Stride posted a 6-3 win pushing their season record to 8-3 as a pair… NM State's Louis Menard and Enrique Asmar added another win topping Southern Miss 6-3.
Other female doubles nominees: Kansas City's Michela Xibilia and Yana Grechkina defeated a pair from Grand Canyon and improved their season record to 4-5 from the No. 1 spot… Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio have won four straight matches and five of their last six together finishing this weekend with a perfect 3-0 record in conference play… UT Rio Grande Valley's Marine Darzyan and Dominique Ibarra improved to 8-4 and clinched the doubles point against Chicago State and Seattle U.
Chicago State kicked off conference play 1-1 defeating Seattle U 5-2.
The Lopes opened WAC play 3-0 earning 6-1 wins over Seattle U and Kansas City and a 4-3 win against NM State. GCU narrowly defeated NM State as the two split singles but the Lopes earned the doubles point. Celia Morel, Martina Lo Pumo, and Ludovica Infantino all earned wins in their singles matches. Infantino was the clutch point for Grand Canyon.
The Roos lost twice in conference to NM State and Grand Canyon but answered with a 5-2 victory over Creighton. Katie Fries and Riddhi Sharma earned singles wins in a 5-2 loss to NM State. Against Grand Canyon, Thanushree Vale won the solo point 4-6, 6-3, 1-0. Kansas City earned all five points against Creighton in singles play. They dropped the doubles point and No. 6 singles slot.
The Aggies won twice against Kansas City and UT Rio Grande Valley but lost 3-4 to Grand Canyon. NM State swept doubles and followed with four singles wins to rout the Roos 5-2. The Aggies battled UTRGV to a narrow 4-3 victory. They again swept doubles for the first point of the match. Gavi Kalaga clinched the win for the Aggies from the No. 6 spot.
Seattle U lost twice 1-6 to UT Rio Grande Valley and Grand Canyon and 2-5 to Chicago State. Hannah Gianan notched the solo win over Grand Canyon and Kyra Jung claimed the one against UT Rio Grande Valley. Gianan and Jung both tallied singles wins against Chicago State.
UT Rio Grande Valley claimed two 6-1 victories against Chicago State and Seattle U but lost 3-4 to NM State. The Vaqueros earned their first WAC win over Chicago State just dropping the No. 4 spot singles match. UTRGV lost to NM State before bouncing back for a big victory over Seattle U. Again, the Vaqueros lost just one singles match, this time from the No. 2.
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by UT Rio Grande Valley on April 26-28 in Brownsville, Texas. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed and No. 3 seed takes on No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a ticket straight to the semifinals. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the WAC representative. The reigning tournament champion is Kansas City as they defeated UT Rio Grande Valley 4-0 in the Championship match last year.
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.