Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 5-Ranked Seminole State College, 9-0

Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 5-Ranked Seminole State College, 9-0

Meridian, MS—The MMI Tigers faced some very tough competition from the Trojans of Seminole State College in a Saturday morning tilt at the Northeast Tennis Center.  The 5th-ranked Trojans blanked the Tigers, 9-0.

Led by the strong No. 1 doubles team of Ismael Mzai and Guy Iradukunda, the Trojans swept doubles play to take a 3-0 lead going into singles action.  Mzai and Iradukunda defeated the Tiger tandem of Morgan Hale and Andrew Wright, 8-2.  The Trojans' Ian Sioux and Kendall Stephens polished off MMI's Kaiser De Leon and Javier de Claire, 8-4, and the Trojan pair of Jacob Santana and Nick Bell rounded out the doubles scoring with an 8-4 win over MMI's Patrick Ryder and Ben Jandzinski.

The Trojans continued their torrid play in singles, winning the six matches played.  Iradukunda, the No. 1-ranked singles player in the NJCAA, dusted De Leon, 6-2, 6-2.  In a very heated match on Court 2, Sioux outlasted Hale, 1-6, 7-5, 10-7.  Stephens took care of business on Court 3, toppling Wright, 6-2, 6-3.  MMI's Ryder gave Bell all he could handle before falling, 6-4, 6-3.  Reyna sprinted through de Claire, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 5 spot.  At No. 6 singles, Santana scored a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Birchmeier.

"All in all, it was a great learning experience for the team," Coach Wright said.  "That was a steep— make that a precipitous—learning curve.  This type of match shows you where you are and what you need to do to improve as a team.  We got our heads handed to us today, but at least we have our heads back and we can move on and play better and smarter tennis in the future."

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