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June 17th, 2019

By PHILLIP LEE

Seward interim sports director

TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 3 Saints tennis team is marching on at Nationals. Of the eight semifinal matches in singles and doubles, Seward County Community College will be represented in five of them on Thursday.

After quarterfinal victories on Wednesday, Nicolas Rousset, Carlo Izurieta, Gabe Nery and Alex Mesquida Berg have advanced in singles while Motlojoa and Rousset and Francisco Vargas and Izurieta have moved on in doubles.

In singles, No. 1 Rousset defeated Harford’s Thomas (Harford) Norwood, 6-4, 6-4 No. 3 Izurieta beat Mesa’s Maxim Kirsch, 6-3, 6-3, No. 5 Nery knocked off Cowley’s Killian Dagneaux, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, No. 6 Alex Mesquida Berg cruised past Mesa’s Lucas Severo, 6-0, 6-0.  No. 2 Vargas fell to ASA Miami’s Gustavo Cruz, 5-7, 4-6.

In doubles, No. 2 Nyathi Motlojoa and Rousset defeated Laredo’s Alberto Mello and Juan David Ramirez 6-4, 6-2 and No. 3 Vargas and Izurieta beat Adrian Martinez and Rodrigo Mere, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. No.1 Sander Jans and Nery were beaten by Cowley’s Angelo Tost and Bruno Suiama, 5-7, 4-6.

In their respective single divisions, Rousset is a two seed, Vargas is a six seed, Izurieta and Nery are four seeds and Berg is a three seed.

In doubles, Motlojoa and Rousset and Izurieta/Vargas are three seeds while Nery and Jans are a four seed.

Berg heads to finals for Saints tennis team

And then there was one. Alex Mesquida Berg will be the lone Saint to represent the Seward County Community College men’s tennis team in the finals on Friday at Nationals. Berg, the third seed, will be playing in the No. 6 singles division against the top seed Tomas Santantonio of ASA Miami.

Berg advanced by rallying from a set down and knocking off the second seed Rohit Patil of Tyler JC, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinals on Thursday.

Sander Jans will also be playing the finals, but in the consolation round. Jans, who lost in the second round, defeated Bryce Livingston of Hinds to move into the finals. He will play Eastern Florida State’s Fabricio Galvan on Friday.

In the other single matches, No. 1 Nicolas Rousset fell to ASA Miami’s Toru Horie 1-6, 5-7, No. 3 Carlo Izurieta lost to Alex Parker of Tyler JC and No. 5 Gabriel Nery was beaten by Matt Carroll of ASA Miami, 4-6, 6-7.

In doubles, No. 2 Nyathi Motlojoa and Rousset were defeated by Carlos Matarredona and Luke Simkiss of Tyler JC 6-7, 4-6 and No. 3 Francisco Vargas and Izurieta were upended by Matthew Beecher and Karl Mosterd of Tyler JC, 2-6, 2-6.

Despite the losses in the semis, Seward is in third place in the team standings with 32 ½ points.

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