Posted: Oct 04, 2019
NM STATE AND GCU TAKE HOME PLAYERS OF THE MONTH AWARDS
NM State singles player Chloe Gavino and Grand Canyon's doubles team Celia Morel and Autum Prudhomme have been named the Western Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Month for September.
Gavino, a sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., finished September with a 6-1 singles record over two invitational tournaments. Gavino went a perfect 3-0 at the Jon Messick Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo., at the CSU Outdoor Tennis Complex. In Colorado, she picked up wins over Colorado's Ellen Puzak and Colorado State's Alyssa Grijalva and Emma Corwin.
Morel, a senior from Passy, France and Prudhomme, a junior from Glendale, Ariz., went a perfect 3-0 last month as they won the third doubles flight at the Aztec Fall Classic. The pair collected victories over McNeese State, CSUN and UTEP en route to an undefeated record. Last year, Morel and Prudhomme were named to the All-WAC Doubles First Team as they finished on an impressive 11 match win streak and posted a team-best 12-6 doubles record.
Other female singles nominees: Celina Buhr of Grand Canyon went 2-1 at the Aztec Fall Classic and won the consolation bracket in the second flight... UT Rio Grande Valley's Katarina Sasaroga won the "E" Draw Singles Championship at the Islander Open.
Other female doubles nominees: NM State's Chloe Gavino/Bella Nguyen went 3-1 for the month and secured a victory over UT Permian Basin at the Aggie Invite... UT Rio Grande Valley's Sandra Putz/Ana Platisa finished September at 2-1 after getting two wins over Trinity University at the Islander Open.
2019 WAC TOURNAMENT
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by Kansas City on April 24-26 in Kansas City, Mo. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed while the No. 3 seed takes on the No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a bye and 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 NM State as they defeated Grand Canyon 4-3 in the Championship match last year.
Chicago State competed hosted the Chicago State Invitational and competed at the UIC Invitational in September. The Cougars posted a 4-16 singles record and a 3-9 doubles record at the two tournaments. The duo of Lizi Morgoshia and Kristina Pukhaeva picked up two wins at the UIC Invitational as they prevailed over Illinois-Chicago and Valparaiso. Morgoshia also picked up a singles win over Isabell Schoolcraft of Valparaiso at the UIC Invitational.
Grand Canyon participated in the Aztec Fall Classic in September. Eight different players represented the Lopes across six singles draws and three doubles draws. All-WAC First Team tandem Prudhomme and Morel won the third doubles flight at the classic. Freshman Natasha Puehse competed in the top singles flight where she defeated Tamara Culibrk of San Jose State in her opening match. Meanwhile, Prudhomme and Ludovica Infantino each won a pair of singles matches. Individually, Emilia Occhipinti competed at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. Despite falling in the first round 6-4, 6-3, Occhipinti battled well with the No. 4 seeded Katarina Jokic of Georgia.
In September, NM State competed at two invitational tournaments. They opened their season in Las Cruces, N.M., as they hosted the Aggie Invite. It was there that Freshman Bella Nguyen began her Aggie career by winning the singles title in the white singles draw. NM State then traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., where they competed in the Jon Messick Invitational. Chloe Gavino completed her strong start as she went 3-0 in Colorado to finish with a 6-1 record in October.
UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
UT Rio Grande Valley competed at the Islander Open in the month of September. Their strongest showing came from sophomore Katarina Sasaroga as she defeated teammate Kristyna Mamicova to capture the singles championship in the "E" Draw. The Vaqueros also picked up a pair of wins in the "D" Draw with Valeria Montero and Sandra Putz each won a match.
2019 ITA REGIONALS
The ITA Regional Championships will feature some of the top men's and women's players across the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete across 85 ITA Regional Championships around the country.
Southwest: San Diego
Texas: Texas A&M
Midwest: Michigan State
Ohio Valley: Middle Tennessee State
Atlantic: Virginia Tech
Carolina: Wake Forest
Southeast: Florida State