Saints Stick in Third With Two Days Remaining at Nationals
Joe Denoyer - May 18, 2017 10:04 am
The Seward County Saints held onto their third place spot in the standings Wednesday at the conclusion of day three of the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas.
Carlos Anez continued his march through the consolation bracket in #1 singles on Wednesday, breezing past Paradise Valley’s Nicholas Marroquin 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semifinal round on Thursday.
Duro Opacic picked up a straight sets win over 36th ranked Linus Holthey of Mesa 6-3, 6-2 in #2 singles, pushing through the semis where he will take on top seeded Jorge Martinez of Tyler on Thursday morning.
In the #3 bracket, Ondrej Nice held off Abraham Baldwin’s Matthias Rogel in the second set to win his quarterfinal dual 6-1, 7-6 (1).
In a rematch of the #4 singles championship at the Region VI Tournament, Przemek Zielinski again took care of Cowley’s Julian Aubry-Damon 6-4, 7-5, pushing him through to the round of four Thursday where he will take on Tyler’s Reid Feehan.
The match of the day came at #5 for the Saints where Claudio Quinones battled Harford’s Bradley Schug.
Ngoni Makambwa will make his second straight trip to the semifinal round Thursday after defeating Collin’s Thompson Tomg 6-0, 7-5 in the quarters Wednesday.
The Saints #1 doubles pair of Nice and Anez shook off a 7-5 first set loss against Laredo on Wednesday, coming back to take the second 6-1 and the third 7-5 to earn their way into Thursday’s semifinals where they will battle ASA with a spot in the National Championship match in the balance.
Seward dropped both of their quarterfinal matches in #2 and #3 doubles, putting the duos of Mosehle/Nery and Opacic/Zielinski 5th to end the 2017 season.
The Saints continue to challenge for the tournament lead, going into day four just three points off the top spot.