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VU Tennis' top 3 reach quarterfinals at National Championship

PLANO, Texas – The Vincennes University Tennis Team’s top 3 singles players reached the quarterfinals round of the NJCAA Men’s National Championship Tournament in Plano, TX, with wins Tuesday.

Nicolas Rouanet started off the day on Tuesday for the Trailblazers with a 6-1,6-0 win over Herman Abban, the NMMI No. 1 singles player who is ranked 17 in the country. The victory moves Rouanet into the quarterfinals round Wednesday morning against Harry Busby of Mesa.

Trailblazer Pato Zarazua won 6-3, 6-3 over Oakton’s James Forster in his first match of the No. 3 singles flight after having a first round bye on Monday. The win sets up a quarterfinals tussle on Wednesday between Zarazua and Harford’s Bobby W. Frantz.

Also Tuesday, Stefan Gonzalez won in Flight 2 singles 6-1,6-4 against a tough NMMI opponent, Julian Hawkins, to gain a spot in the quarterfinals of that flight.

Other developments for the Trailblazers on Tuesday included Austin Hensley being turned away in the round of 16 by ABAC’s Ray Donovan 6-2, 6-0.

Late Monday, VU sophomore Zach Mustin battled through a tough 0-6, 6-3, 6-7 (3) loss in the first round of the Flight 5 singles and freshman Brennan Buchanan had a tough first round loss to Josh Regalado of Laredo by 6-3, 6-2 scores.

In doubles play so far, Rouanet and Gonzalez dropped a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinals decision to Guy Iradukunda and Ismael Mzai of Seminole. The Trailblazer duo had gained the quarterfinals berth by defeating Jacksonville’s Anru Fourie and Jimmy McCormick 6-1, 6-1.

VU’s No. 2 doubles flight tandem of Hensley and Zarazua beat Spartanburg’s Mouhamed Gueye and Harry Reed 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals, where the Trailblazer No. 2 pair were edged by Tyler’s John King and Ciro Lampassas by scores of 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-2.

On Tuesday, Mustin and Buchanan bounced back from heartbreaking singles rounds to win their first round match in the No. 3 doubles flight.

  • Follow the results of the NJCAA Men’s National Tennis Championship Tournament buy visiting the link:

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=169284#&&s=8Results0 and clicking on the Results tab.

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