Men's Tennis Playing Well at National Tournament

Men's Tennis Playing Well at National Tournament

With play resuming this morning at 8:00 a.m. at the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament, there are plenty of Marion players still in the mix.  After two days, here are the latest results:

No. 1 singles--Kaiser De Leon (MMI) d. Srdja Nikolic (Prairie State College in Illinois)--6-3, 6-1 (Main Draw); Vasil Surduk (Seminole State College in Oklahoma) d. Kaiser De Leon (MMI)--6-1, 6-2 (Main Draw); Kaiser De Leon has been eliminated.  He scored two team points for MMI.

No. 2 singles--Romar Hernandez (MMI) d. Harrison Reed (Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina)--7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-5 (Main Draw);  Romar Hernandez (MMI) d. Austin McElwain (Itawamba Community College in Mississippi)--6-4, 6-3 (Main Draw).  Hernandez, the No. 8-seeded player in Flight 2 singles, plays the No. 2-seeded player, Edmundo Ulloa from Vincennes University in Indiana, on Wednesday.  Hernandez has scored three team points for MMI so far.

No. 3 singles--Taylor Smith (Johnson County Community College in Kansas) d. Jake McDonough (MMI)--6-4, 6-2 (Main Draw); Jake McDonough (MMI) d. Chris Mallette (Meridian Community College in Mississippi)--8-1 (Back Draw); Jake McDonough is still alive in the back draw and has scored half a point for MMI so far.

No. 4 singles--Justin Haag (Mesa Community College in Arizona) defeated Javier de Claire (MMI)-6-2, 6-2 (Main Draw); Javier de Claire is still alive in the back draw.                  

No. 5 singles--Chris Holcomb (Vincennes University) d. Marty Birchmeier (MMI)--6-0, 6-1 (Main Draw); Mauricio Moncada (New Mexico Military Institute) d. Marty Birchmeier (MMI)--8-1 (Back Draw); Marty Birchmeier has been eliminated.

No. 6 singles--Zach Mustin (Vincennes University in Indiana) d.  Philip Patton (MMI)--6-1, 6-0 (Main Draw); Philip Patton is still alive in the back draw.

No. 1 doubles--Erik Eldagsen Marquez/Harry Busby (Cowley College in Kansas) d. Romar Hernandez/Jake McDonough (MMI)--6-2, 6-0 (Main Draw); Romar Hernandez/Jake McDonough are still alive in the back draw.

No. 2 doubles--Kaiser De Leon/Javier de Claire (MMI) d.  Cody Coins/David McElwain (Itawamba Community College in Mississippi)--6-3, 6-4 (Main Draw); Kaiser De Leon/Javier de Claire are still alive in the main draw.  They have scored two team points for MMI so far and will play the No. 4-seeded team of Joshua Coleman/Seth Moore from Cowley College in Kansas on Wednesday.

No. 3 doubles--Robert Kiewit/Josiah Lim (Jones County Community College in Mississippi) d. Marty Birchmeier/Philip Patton (MMI)--6-1, 6-0 (Main Draw); Marty Birchmeier/Philip Patton are still alive in the back draw.               

MMI, with 7 1/2 points, is  currently in 17th place out of 26 teams.  Cowley College leads the field with 21 points, and Vincennes College sits in second place with 20 points.


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