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LAGRANGE, Ga. — The top-seeded and 23rd-ranked N.C. Wesleyan College men’s tennis team ran through second-seeded rival Methodist University 5-0 to win its 11th straight USA South Conference title on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Giannis Brokakis was named tournament MVP while three other Bishops were named to the all-tournament team. Head coach Albie Brice was named Coach of the Year in the conference as well as he led the team to a 21-2 overall record and 10-0 in conference.
After the Bishops swept through doubles 8-3 (Brokakis and Puig at No. 1), 8-1 (Iyer and Vallejo at No. 2), and 8-5 (Ingmar Remmerswaal and Telles at No. 3), freshman Nikita Revin at No. 6 singles and sophomore Aditya Iyer at No. 2 singles won their respective matches to clinch the championship for Wesleyan. Revin won first 6-2, 6-1 before Iyer won 6-1, 6-1 to give the Bishops the title.
Three other Bishops were also leading their respective matches when the title was clinched. Sophomore Player of the Year Roberto Puig was leading 6-3, 3-2 at No. 1 singles while senior J.D. Telles was on the verge of clinching his No. 5 singles bout, 6-2, 5-0. Freshman Jhonny Acosta, the three-time Rookie of the Week, was also leading his bout at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 3-2.
The men have not lost a conference match since 2009 during their title winning streak and will look now to the upcoming NCAA Division III National Tournament.
The 2019 USA South Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament concluded Sunday as a part of the conference’s Spring Sports Festival in LaGrange, Georgia. East top-seed N.C. Wesleyan claimed the program’s second consecutive league tournament championship with a win over West top-seed Piedmont College (Georgia), 5-0.
The Lady Bishops gained a quick 3-0 lead after the doubles wins by scores of 8-4 (Fariza A. and Milena A.) and 8-4 (Steph Barbera and Jules Johnson) at the top two lines and 8-1 at the third line (Giulia Zanetti & Nicole Halabi).
The women then clinched the match after singles wins from sophomore Julianna Johnson and senior Stephany Barbera at Nos. 4 and 6. Johnson won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 while Barbera won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6.
Also leading their respective matches when the title was clinched were freshman Fariza Abdulloeva at No. 1 singles, freshman Milena Amedieva at No. 2 and sophomore Giulia Zanetti at No. 3. Abdulloeva, the Conference Rookie of the Year, was leading 7-5, 1-0 while Amedieva, the first team all-conference player, was leading 6-1, 5-2. Zanetti was also up 7-5 1-0.
The women won all three of their tournament matches by 5-0 scores to improve to 15-4 on the year and have now won 13 consecutive matches and are undefeated against NCAA Division III competition.