January 30, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s and women’s tennis teams, under the guidance of first-year coaches Gonzalo Vivas and Raquel Vescovi, will open the 2013 spring season on Friday, Feb. 8 against Adrian College. The matchup is set to start at 2:30 p.m. at Wildwood Racquet Club in Fort Wayne.
Both teams were picked to finish fifth in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) this year following a down 2011-12 season. Defending champions Aquinas College and Davenport University were favored to repeat.
Coach Vivas and Coach Vescovi have already begun to turn around their programs, though, as Vivas guided his Warriors to a 3-2 record this fall, including a win over an always tough Taylor University squad. Meanwhile Vescovi has her team sitting at 1-2 heading into the second half of their season.
On the men’s side, the young Warrior roster is headlined by freshman Fernando Gonzalez (Santiago, Chile). Gonzalez, who played at No. 1 singles during the fall, was the lone Tech player and one of six WHAC athletes to be ranked in the NAIA East Region Singles Rankings, coming in at No. 18.
Junior Sriram Aranganathan (Chennai, India) and freshman Nicholas Tripanon (Sao Paulo, Brazil) also had terrific fall seasons. Both posted identical records of 4-1 in dual matches while Aranganthan and his partner Clayton Northey (Livonia, MI/Michigan) went unbeaten with a 5-0 mark in doubles competition.
Leading the way for the women are freshman Ana Hernandez (Estado de Mexico, Mexico) and sophomore Stephanie Perez (Queretaro, Mexico). At No. 1 singles, Hernandez went 1-1 this fall and Perez went 2-0 at No. 2 singles. The duo are also partners in doubles competition and own a record of 1-2.
Tech will have a challenging slate ahead of them however, as the men face seven and the women five teams either ranked or receiving votes in the Preseason Top 25 Poll. Among those teams are three WHAC men’s opponents – No. 9 Aquinas, No. 19 Northwestern Ohio, and No. RV Davenport. The women’s side features two ranked conference foes in No. 25 Davenport and No. RV Northwestern Ohio.
After their match against Adrian, the Tech men will begin a stretch of seven consecutive road matches before returning home on Mar. 23 to host Marian University at Swinney Park. Conference play opens on Apr. 3 as the Warriors host Northwestern Ohio at Swinney Park at 4 p.m.
The women will travel to Trine University on Feb. 17 and then play host to the University of Saint Francis on Mar. 1 at Wildwood Racquet Club. The Lady Warriors will start WHAC play on Mar. 14 at home against Aquinas.
To see the men’s NAIA Preseason Top 25 rankings click here
To see the women’s NAIA Preseason Top 25 rankings click here
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