MADISON, Wis. – The top-seeded and regionally-ranked Illinois Tech men's tennis team competed in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Tournament Semifinals and Championship on Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Center on the campus of UW-Madison. After defeating Edgewood 5-0 in the morning, the Scarlet Hawks clinched a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament with a NACC Tournament Championship. Tech defeated the second-seeded Concordia-Wisconsin Falcons by a score of 5-0 as well. Men's Tennis is the first team in Illinois Tech history to win both an NACC Tournament and reach the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Match Highlights – Edgewood Match
- With a victory in #3 doubles on default, Tech took care of business in both #1 and #2 doubles.
- Franklin Zhong and Pol de Santiago were battled closely early on in the No. 1 spot, but the duo found its groove mid-match and went on to win 8-4.
- In No. 2 doubles, Yousef Abdo and Mohammed Shamel took control early on and never relinquished momentum. The pair of Egypt natives went on to win 8-3.
- With Edgewood defaulting No. 5 and No. 6 singles as well, Tech already had five matches locked up before singles even began.
Match Highlights – Concordia-Wisconsin Match
- All three doubles matches went Tech's way.
- After Brody Croonquist/Davis Housman (No. 3, 8-2) and de Santiago/Zhong (No. 1, 8-5) wrapped up, Abdo/Shamel hung on to win 8-5 in No. 2.
- In singles, all six Scarlet Hawks won their first set of games: de Santiago in No.1, Zhong in No. 2, Abdo in No. 3, Housman in No. 4, Adam Laitinen in No. 5, and Shamel in No. 6.
- It was then a race to completion for the Scarlet Hawks. Finishing first was Housman, as he won earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory in No. 4.
- The conference clincher came courtesy of Shamel in No. 6. After winning 6-3 in the first set of games, he won 6-2 to give Tech the 5-0 victory.
- With a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament secured, the Scarlet Hawks will find out on Monday where they are headed for the first round of competition. Stay tuned to www.illinoistechathletics.com and all of our social media platforms for information.