(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran posted solid results from this weekend's Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southwest Regional Championships, hosted by Trinity University on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Bulldog freshmen Johari Dramiga and Matthew Stephenson each won multiple matches in the consolation flights of the regional tournament.
Dramiga, a first-year player from San Antonio (East Central), won the "C" Flight Consolation championship.
Dramiga won four total matches. In two of the matches, he advanced by winning a third-set, 10-point tiebreaker. He opened the consolation draw with a 6-0, 6-0 win over a player from Howard Payne.
In the "C" Flight Consolation final, Dramiga defeated John Swords of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 7-5, 6-3.
"Overall, I was pleased with our resilience through the first day," said Michael Hunt, TLU's head coach for men's and women's tennis. "It's not easy to compete after sitting around waiting out rain after eight hours. But the team kept a good attitude throughout and then fought really hard in their matches."
Stephenson (Wharton/Wharton) defeated players from McMurry, Hendrix and Hardin-Simmons to reach the "B" Flight Consolation final.
"Once again, the freshman really stood out for us - Johari winning the 'C' Flight back draw and Matthew getting to the finals of the 'B' back draw. Matthew ran out of gas in his last match, but he was really impressive all weekend."
"Johari just missed making the B draw by .03 of a point in his Universal Tennis Rating. He could have hung his head about not making the 'B' Flight and then drawing maybe the toughest competitor in the 'C' Flight first round. But he didn't. He competed really well on Saturday and Sunday."
The ITA regional championship concluded the Bulldogs' fall season. Hunt says the tournament and the fall season have the Bulldogs excited about the upcoming spring season.
"I think we learned a lot about our lineup and where guys stand," said Hunt. "And I was pleased with our doubles overall. We had five teams that all competed really well. I think we looked as good in doubles as we have in quite a few fall seasons."