MARSHALL, Mo. – The fall season for the Ashford University tennis teams resumed Friday and Saturday, when the teams competed in the Missouri Valley College Tournament. The two squads combined for a total of seven tournament championships, with the women winning four and the men bringing home three.
On the women’s side, the Saints earned titles in a trio of singles brackets, two of which were all-Ashford finals. Junior Ana Mayagoitia and sophomore Jalyn Deering of Camanche advanced to the finals of the “B” singles bracket, while junior Sara Vach and freshman Gloria Mayorga advanced to the championships of the “C” bracket. Neither match was contested, however.
In the “D” singles bracket, junior Sami Melcher earned a finals win over Missouri Baptist’s Morgan Smith 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles action, Deering and Adriana Obando went 2-1 before falling in the semifinals of the “A” bracket to Evangel University’s Jenna Elliott and Amy Fritz-Grossklag. However, their defeat was avenged in the finals by the pairing of Mayagoitia and Ursula Alvarado, who took the title with an 8-4 win.
The tandem of Vach and Mayorga made it to the semifinals of the “B” bracket with a pair of wins.
Back in singles action, Alvarado and Obando each competed in the “A” bracket, going 2-0 and 2-1, respectively, to reach the semifinals.
On the men’s side, sophomore Brayton Rasche of Camanche brought home the championship in the “C” singles bracket, downing Missouri Valley’s Jacob Hader in the finals 8-2. In “D” singles play, freshman Erich Taach and junior Diego Aviles each advanced to the finals, but their match was not contested.
Rasche and senior Jake Dunn teamed up to take the championship in the “B” doubles bracket, beating Missouri Valley’s Hader and Nathan Garrett 8-3.
In the “A” singles bracket, freshman Bart Van Rooijen finished 2-1 while sophomore Pavao Krzelj went 0-1. Senior Carlos Pico and sophomore Lucas Benites competed in the “B” bracket, going 2-1 and 1-1, respectively.
Seniors Luis Castillo (1-1) and Dunn (0-1) both competed in the “C” bracket, while Moises Hernandez went 2-1 in the “D” bracket.
During men’s doubles play, Benites and Van Rooijen went 2-1 before falling in the “A” bracket semifinals. The teams of Castillo and Pico, and Krzelj and Taach each went 1-1 in “A” play. Hernandez and Aviles rounded out the doubles tandems, going 1-1 in “B” play.
Next up for the Saints is a trip to Bourbonnais, Ill., for the USTA/ITA Regional Tournament. The two-day tournament gets underway Saturday, Sept. 14.