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2017 Point University Men's Tennis Team -- AAC Semifinals and School Record 14 Dual-Match Wins
(15)Reinhardt University
Men's Tennis - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Point University men's tennis (14-9) won at number two doubles and number two and three singles but lost a close 5-3 decision to number one-seeded Reinhardt University (12-5) in a semifinal match at the Appalachian Athletics Conference Men's Tennis Championships, Saturday, April 29, at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Reinhardt, which ranks number 15 in the NAIA National Top 25 Coaches poll, advances to the AAC championship match, Sunday, April 30, against number three-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan University, which ranks number 23 in the NAIA.


Seeded number four in the tournament, Point, which is receiving votes in the NAIA National Top 25 Coaches' Poll, was eliminated from the AAC Tournament after making its first-ever AAC semifinal match.  The Skyhawks won a school-record 14 dual matches this season and recorded its fourth consecutive season with 10 or more wins.  Point also won six of its seven matches against NCAA Division II competition this season and went 4-3 in conference duals.


Head coach Chad Simpson commented, "This has been an amazing season, and I am so proud of this team.  They gave it all they had and fought to the end but lost to a better team today.  The foundation is built for this program, and we will look to build on this year's success as we hope to bring home conference titles in the years to come."


Reinhardt began the match with wins at number one and three doubles and led 2-1 going into singles play.  Point's number one doubles pair, senior co-captains Daniel Blanchard (Peachtree City, GA) and Rafa Hewett (Lewiston, ID) lost 8-3 to the top pair in the conference, Fabio Pereira and Emory DeLoach.  Blanchard and Hewett were 15-4 together in doubles this season.


At number two doubles, sophomores Asad Siyyid (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and Steven Tracy (Saint Simons Island, GA) defeated Reinhardt's Matthew Nadle and Marcel Fargier, 8-3.  Siyyid and Tracy are 10-5 together this season.


Reinhardt's Nikita Hrynov and Brandon Lane claimed a team point at number three doubles with an 8-1 win over Point's Alonso Trevizo (SR/El Paso, TX) and Kyle Howell (SO/Guyton, GA).


Reinhardt made the score 4-1 with wins at numbers four and six singles.  DeLoach defeated Trevizo (9-8) at number four, 6-0, 6-2, and Lane won 6-2, 6-0 over Kaleb Sosebee (SO/Jefferson, GA) at number six.


Point came back with wins at number two and three singles and trailed just 4-3, with number one and number five singles yet to be decided.  At number two, Hewett (20-13) became the first Point player with 20 singles wins in a season when he defeated Nicolas Duarte, 6-4, 6-3, and Blanchard (15-10) reached the 15-win plateau with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Fargier at number three singles.


Reinhardt's Nikita Hrynov clinched the 5-3 win with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Steven Tracy (15-16) at number five singles.  The number one singles match between Point's All-Conference ace Asad Siyyid (17-11) and AAC Player of the Year Fabio Pereira was suspended near the end of the third set after the Eagles earned the victory.  Pereira had won set one, 6-1, and Siyyid had won set two, 6-3.  Pereira led 5-3 in set three when team victory was decided.