ABILENE, Texas - The McMurry University men's tennis team did not lose a set in either of its Day 1 matches and – in the process – clinched the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region championship at the Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center. The War Hawks dispatched of Central Christian College, 9-0, in their morning match and followed that up with a 9-0 blanking of Dallas Baptist University in the afternoon.
For the host McM team, the wins and guarantee of advancing to the NCCAA national tournament could not have come on a better day. Just prior to the first serve to open the NCCAA regional, McMurry friends and faithful gathered for the dedication and the ribbon cutting for the recently-renovated Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center and the Charles A. "Chuck" Hutchinson III Memorial Classroom.
The War Hawks will have to wait until Saturday's conclusion of the tournament – and the final men's match between Dallas Baptist and Central Christian - to receive their championship banner at the post-tournament awards ceremony. However, the large throng of McMurry fans celebrated the two wins with the team after it closed out DBU in the nightcap.
McM had a dominating performance, not losing a set the entire day. The War Hawk line-up in singles – Chris Breaux, Felipe Cruz, Dani Perez, Preston Steblein, Christiano Mendes and Casjen Rico playing Nos. 1-6, respectively - lost just 20 total games, in the 24 sets played, between the two victories.
The doubles tandems of Breaux and Rico at No. 1, Cruz and Perez at No. 2 and Mendes and Steblein at No. 3 were equally in command. Versus Central Christian, Breaux and Rico were taken to 8-5 to get the win, but both of the others matches ended at 8-0. Against DBU, Cruz and Perez won 8-4 at No. 2, wile Nos. 1 and 3 were 8-2 War Hawk wins.
McMurry University Men's Tennis
Central Christian College vs McMurry University (Apr 26, 2013) McMurry University 9, Central Christian College 0 Apr 26, 2013 at Abilene, Texas (Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center)
1. Chris Breaux (MCMMT) def. Mark Gayer (CCC) 6-2, 6-0 2. Felipe Cruz (MCMMT) def. Dylon Neal (CCC) 6-2, 6-0 3. Dani Perez (MCMMT) def. Gunnar Kelly (CCC) 6-0, 6-1 4. Preston Steblein (MCMMT) def. David Armstrong (CCC) 6-1, 6-0 5. Christiano Mendes (MCMMT) def. Josh Schneider (CCC) 6-0, 6-1 6. Casjen Rico (MCMMT) def. Blake Williams (CCC) 6-0, 6-0
1. Chris Breaux/Casjen Rico (MCMMT) def. Mark Gayer/Dylon Neal (CCC) 8-5 2. Felipe Cruz/Dani Perez (MCMMT) def. Gunnar Kelly/David Armstrong (CCC) 8-0 3. Christiano Mendes/Preston Steblein (MCMMT) def. Josh Schneider/Blake Williams (CCC) 8-0
Central Christian College 5-6
McMurry University 10-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,3,5,4,1) National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Championships (Round Robin Tournament)
Official: Julie Beckham A-46
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McMurry University Men's Tennis
Dallas Baptist vs McMurry University (Apr 26, 2013) McMurry University 9, Dallas Baptist 0 Apr 26, 2013 at Abilene, Texas (Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center)
1. Chris Breaux (MCMMT) def. Phillip Allen (DBUMT) 6-1, 6-2 2. Felipe Cruz (MCMMT) def. Bradley Hilliard (DBUMT) 6-1, 6-0 3. Dani Perez (MCMMT) def. Anthony Burch (DBUMT) 6-3, 6-1 4. Preston Steblein (MCMMT) def. Nathan Wilson (DBUMT) 6-1, 6-0 5. Christiano Mendes (MCMMT) def. Ty McAllister (DBUMT) 6-1, 6-3 6. Casjen Rico (MCMMT) def. Austin Serrett (DBUMT) 6-0, 6-0
1. Chris Breaux/Casjen Rico (MCMMT) def. Phillip Allen/Anthony Burch (DBUMT) 8-2 2. Felipe Cruz/Dani Perez (MCMMT) def. Bradley Hilliard/Ty McAllister (DBUMT) 8-4 3. Christiano Mendes/Preston Steblein (MCMMT) def. Nathan Wilson/Austin Serrett (DBUMT) 8-2
Dallas Baptist 4-20
McMurry University 11-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,4,5,1,3) National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Championships Men's Game #2 (round robin)
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