DALLAS, Texas – Sealing a victory in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship on Friday, ASA Miami (Fla.) clinched a complete sweep of the DI national titles. As the women’s team did last week in Tyler, Texas, the Silver Storm men won the national championship in their program’s first year of NJCAA competition.
Compiled 47 points for the tournament, ASA Miami narrowly edged out the 45-point effort from runner-up Seminole State (Okla.). Tyler (Texas) took third place with a total of 41 points in the championship.
Moving from the outdoor facilities of Collin County (Texas) to the indoor confines of the SMU Tennis Complex, ASA Miami succeeded in all environments. Nicholas Rouanet led the Silver Storm’s push to the championship as the sophomore defeated Mesa (Ariz.) freshman David Felix 6-0, 6-3 in No. 2 singles. The French player also notched a win No. 2 doubles with Swedish freshman Eric Ahren-Moonga. The duo pulled out a 5-7, 7-6(1), 6-4 victory over freshman Philip Franken and sophomore Ciro Lampasas.
The other individual victor for ASA Miami was freshman Federico Gomez in No. 3 singles. Squaring off against Mesa’s Felix, the Argentinian cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win.
Despite falling two points shy of a national championship, Seminole State won the most flights of any team at the tournament. Guy Iradukunda spearheaded the Trojans’ effort, earning victories in both No. 1 singles and doubles flights. Individually, the Burundian beat fellow sophomore Callum Poland-Smith from ASA Miami, 7-6(2), 7-5. In doubles action, Iradukunda partnered with sophomore Ishmael Mzai to beat Tyler freshmen Ferran Calvo and Enrique Pardo, 6-4, 6-3.
Freshman Chisomo Lumeta contributed to Seminole State’s performance, defeating Ahren-Moonga of ASA Miami 6-1, 6-4 in No. 4 singles. Trojans sophomore Anru Fourie scored a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Silver Storm sophomore Patricio Zarazua in No. 6 singles and joined sophomore Stefan Gonzalez to defeat Zarazua and sophomore Rasheed Carey in No. 3 doubles, 6-3, 6-3.
Frankin recorded a victory for Tyler in No. 5 singles, posting a 6-4, 6-3 win over Carey of ASA Miami.
Photos courtesy of Nick Young, Collin College.