The first full day of the ASC Individual Tennis Tournament, hosted by UT-Tyler, was a roaring success for the LeTourneau men’s and women’s tennis teams. Overall, the men were 10-4 on the day. The women’s team was 4-3, while playing short-handed.
In men’s singles action, Mark Taylor (Paris North Lamar HS) got a huge win in the quarterfinal match, match over Cory Seay of Mississippi College, 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-1. Thomas will play in the flight 2 semi Saturday against Eric Debusschere of UT-Dallas. Debusschere was the conference freshmen of the year in ’08. Wade Sinard (Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway HS) got some revenge against Trey Chavez of Hardin Simmons, with a 6-2, 7-6(3) win in the quarters.
Last year, Chavez had knocked off Sinard in a close match. Sinard will play Bryan Rainwater of McMurry in the semi’s. In the 4 th flight, Paul Haney (Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway HS) easily defeated Mike Laws of the Ozarks, 6-3, 6-3. In the semi’s, he’ll also be seeking redemption from a tough loss last season to Brandon Armour of McMurry. Former LU netter Dallas Darnell, now playing at UT-Tyler, is lurking on the other side of that bracket, which could lead to some excitement if that match-up comes to fruition. Uli de la Fuente (El Paso Coronado HS) started the day off strong by mowing through Christian Metzger of Schreiner, 6-2, 6-0. In his quarterfinal match, he then lost a slugfest with Tyler Womack of UT-Tyler, 6-2, 6-4, to be knocked out of the tournament. Elick Arp (Longview HS) stepped up with an incredible 3 hour victory over Howard Payne’s Tam Le, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2. His quarterfinal match against Sean Strehlow, of Hardin Simmons, didn’t turn out as well. Arp lost in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. The Jackets entrant in the #7 draw, Josh Millet (Stephenville HS) got his first NCAA victory in a big way, over Nic Guernica of the Ozarks, 6-1, 6-2. Millet’s quarterfinal match was a loss to Tony Williams of McMurry, 6-0, 6-0.
In women’s singles, Britney Cleveland (Houston Booker T. Washington HS) fought back from an early 5-1 deficit to overcome Andrea DaSilva of Schreiner, 7-5, 0-6, 6-1. Cleveland’s semifinal match will be against Beth Launius of UT-Tyler. In the 2 nd flight, Brittany Trich (Longview HS) shook off some early butterflies to eliminate Hardin Simmons’ Jennifer Chueng, 6-4, 6-3. Trich will face off with Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Megan Aarhus in the Saturday morning semi-final. Caitlyn Hairell (San Marcos HS) opened her tournament by routing McMurry’s Hilary Stone, 6-3, 6-2. In the quarter, she continued her winning ways 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(4) over Sydney Moak of Mississippi College. Hairell will face Sydni Hermsdorf of UT-Tyler in the semi-final. Mary Lauren Bright (Gladewater HS) fought valiantly in her match with Diane Crouch of Hardin Simmons, losing in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
Men’s doubles had LETU’s #2 Haney and Thomas destroying Texas Lutheran’s Matt Allen and Michael Packard, 8-1. In the semi-final, they were then defeated 6-1, 6-3 by Will Davis and Tony Williams of McMurry. In flight 3, Sinard and de la Fuente overcame Brandon Armour and Daniel Olivares of McMurry, 8-5. In the semi’s, they won a nip and tuck battle with Hardin Simmons’ Stephen Salazar and Emmanuel Navejas 6-2, 5-7, 10-8. They will play in the championship match Saturday afternoon against UT-Tyler’s Nick Kreines and Andrew Reznik.
In women’s doubles, LETU’s new teams showed their youth. In flight 1, Trich and Cleveland were defeated in a tight match by Cheung and Crouch from HSU, 8-5. The other Jacket team, Bright and Hairell, faced a similar fate against UT-Tyler’s Brittany Ude and Lauren Giovannini. The 8-4 loss was much closer than the score would reflect.
When asked his thoughts on Friday’s results, Coach Doug Carter said, “ I was thrilled with seeing my kids respond so well in some tough matches. Everybody stepped up and did their jobs well. We did some great things in the wins and in the few losses we suffered, it gave us some teaching moments. Looks to me like it’s LeTourneau, UT-Tyler, McMurry, and UT-Dallas battling it out on the guys side. And on the women’s side, it’s UT-Tyler, Hardin Simmons, LeTourneau, and Mary Hardin-Baylor.” Carter continued, “I like being in the same company with those schools, they’re the best tennis schools in our part of the nation.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /span>