VU Trailblazer Tennis prepares for 31st trip to NJCAA Championship Tournament
May 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
PLANO, Texas – The Vincennes University Tennis Team will make its 31st consecutive appearance in the NJCAA Div. I Men's Tennis National Championship Tournament and the Trailblazers (11-3) also hope to ring up yet another top 10 finish at next week’s event in Plano, TX.
VU sophomore Warren Kuhn heads into the tournament – which runs Monday-Friday at Plano-based Collin College – as a Region 3 nominee for Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Junior College Sophomore Player of the Year. Players are nominated on leadership, sportsmanship, tennis performance and improvement during their collegiate careers. Nominees must also be ranked among the top 50 players in the ITA national collegiate rankings, and the player’s program must be an ITA member school.
The junior college winners for men will be announced Sunday during the NJCAA Div. I Men's Tennis National Championship Tournament Banquet in Plano. From five semifinalists, a national Player of the Year Award recipient will be chosen.
VU Coach Ron Albers believes that Kuhn has a chance to make a deep run in the tournament’s No. 1 Singles next week. However, Albers said, it won’t be easy. He estimated that nearly 10 players have a chance to claim the No. 1 Singles championship this season.
Kuhn enters the national tournament with an 11-2 singles record and 9-3 doubles record. All but one of his doubles matches have seen Kuhn paired with fellow sophomore Garrett Mandrell. In the other match, he partnered with sophomore Harsha Manjunath.
In addition to Kuhn, Mandrell and Manjunath, the VU roster includes sophomores Chris Holcomb and A.J. Steiner and freshmen Edmundo Ulloa and Zach Mustin.
NJCAA DIV. I MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
- Mon., May 12: Flighted Tournament begins,
- Tues., May 13: Flighted Tournament continues,
- Wed., May 14: Div. I Tournament play,
- Thurs., May 15: Div. I Tournament play,
- Fri., May 16: Div. I Tournament Finals.
Tournament Web Site:
Results posted daily at http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/Schedule/Search.aspx (Tournament ID: 800031514).