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Alabama State men rally for third straight tennis title

Alabama State will find out their opponent and destination on the NCAA Selection Show April 29

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

NEW ORLEANS, La. | Alabama State fell behind following doubles action, only to storm back and capture their third consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship with a 4-1 victory over Alabama A&M at the Pepsi Tennis Center Sunday afternoon.

After Alabama A&M clinched the doubles point with a win at number one doubles, the Hornets seized control early in singles action and won all four matches in straight sets. Ion Efrim – the Tournament MVP – cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at number; before Alexis Collard, Tomas Fernandez and Alejo Calvis each won in straight sets for the win.

Anuk Christiansz was named the Coach of the Year, while Fernandez, Calvis and Juan Rodriguez all joined Efrim on the All-Tournament team.

Alabama State will find out their opponent and destination on the NCAA Selection Show April 29.

Alabama State 4, Alabama A&M 1
April 14, 2019
New Orleans, La. (Pepsi Tennis Center)

1. Ion Efrim (ASU) def. Hsiang Yi Wang (AAMU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Chris Andre (ASU) vs. Nishangan Nadaraja (AAMU), unfinished
3. Alexis Collard (ASU) def. Fermin Ruiz (AAMU) 6-1, 6-3 
4. Tomas Fernandez (ASU) def. Rodrigo Arana Rios (AAMU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Juan Rodriguez (ASU) vs. Shakir Elvin (AAMU), unfinished
6. Alejo Calvis (ASU) def. Cheng Chang (AAMU) 6-4, 6-2

1. Wang/Chang (AAMU) def. Efrim/Collard (ASU) 6-3
2. Rodriguez/Andre (ASU) vs. Nadaraja/Elvin (AAMU), unfinished
3. Bigott/Rios (AAMU) def. Fernandez/Luckmann (ASU), 6-3

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