The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) office revealed the 2018 All-SWAC Women's Tennis Teams with Jackson State’s No. 1 player Tyler Smith named back-to-back SWAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year.
Smith was also named to the All-Conference Singles 1st Team.
Smith received the honor after finishing with the most wins of any player in the SWAC at 13-2. The senior reeled off 13 consecutive wins and did not take any defeats in Conference play as she went 6-0 in singles competition and picked up an additional victory in doubles play by teaming with Lucia Solis.
Members of the All-Conference teams were decided upon by their conference records in Singles and Doubles competition. Ties were broken by considering a player’s position ranking with higher favorability granted to the higher seeded player.
The top 12 players in the conference were chosen as part of the All-Conference Team. In addition, the large individual award winners were announced for Freshman of the Year and the Player of the Year.
The women’s team comprised of players who went a combined 67-6 in conference singles play. There were seven players who joined the undefeated ranks in singles conference play with a minimum of at least four decisions including Smith (6-0) of Jackson State, Rufaro Chirewa (5-0) of Southern, Constanza Aranguiz (6-0) and Timara Maxwell (5-0) of Prairie View A&M, Marlene Maier (8-0) of Alcorn State and Reka Szentes (4-0) and Marija Blazevic (6-0), both of Alabama State.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Smith Win's Twice But Jackson State Fall
Tyler Smith and her Jackson State University Women’s Tennis teammates had a delayed start as the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women’s Tennis Tournament shifted venues to the Hilton Riverside Indoor Tennis Courts in New Orleans.
On a soggy day that saw rain downpours throughout the day in the Big Easy, saw Smith and her teammates fall 4 – 2 to the top-seeded Alabama State.
Smith was involved in the two wins for Jackson State.
Smith playing in the Number One Singles spot defeated Chloe Kabamba in straight sets 7-5, 6-0.
Smith then teamed up with Lucia Solis in the Number One Doubles spot and they defeated Reka Szentes and Kabamba 6-3.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Finnigan & Florida Tech Fall to Rollins
James Finnigan and his Florida Tech Men's Tennis teammates headed to Rollins for its final regular season match of the year.
Finnigan and his teammates had the early lead after the doubles portion but fell 6-3 to the Tars due to a late match surge.
Down 2 – 0 in the Doubles Rollins snagged the final Doubles match of the day as Nicolo De Fraia and Frederick Danielson defeated Ricardo Corona and Finnigan 8 - 5.
Finnigan played in the number 2 Singles spot went down in a three set battle to Francesco Racanelli.
Racanelli won the first set 6-3, but Finnigan would draw the contest level winning the second set 6-2, but Racanelli would close out the match winning the third and final set 6-3.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Warner Wins U12 Trinity Cup Title
Antonio Warner captured the Under 12 Boys Singles title, as the ITF/COTECC Trinity Cup 2018 concluded at the National Racquet Centre in Trinidad.
Warner the number one seed had a Bye in the First Round, he would then defeat Daniel Jeary in the Semi-Final in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, before defeating Jace Quashie in the Final in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
Warner would team up with Callum Koylass from Trinidad in the Under 12 Boys Doubles and the pair would advance to the Final, but they would fall in the Final in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to Leeum Chan Pak and Alexander Merry both from Trinidad.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Bermuda Breeze USTA Championships Day Four
Day Four of the Bermuda Breeze USTA National Tennis Championships took place at the Coral Beach and Tennis Club.
Men’s 50 Singles number one seed Fredrik Skoglund defeated Michael Way in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in the Final.
Luiz Penna was crowned the Men’s 60 Singles champion after defeating Steven Brady 6-1, 6-1, while the Men’s 65 Singles title went to Roy Riley after he defeated Tom Morley in a three set battle 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Men's 40 Doubles Final
6 6 David Benevides/Guillermo Cosson defeated 1 0 Jon Auerbach/Arthur Ceria
Men's 50 Doubles Final
6 6 Stuart Smith/Michael Way defeated 2 3 Steven Durante/John Wilcox
Women's 60 Doubles Final
6 6 Victoria McEvoy/Pam Shephard defeated 0 0 Trudy Landauer/ Susie Nelson
Mixed 60 Doubles Final
4 6 7 Wilfred Gonsalves/Victoria McEvoy defeated 6 4 5 Alice Stewart/Timothy Stewart