Men's tennis falls to Alabama State in SWAC tournament finals

Men's Tennis

NEW ORLEANS – Alabama State's quest for a three-peat was successful as the Hornets defeated in-state rival Alabama A&M for the 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament championship 4-1 Sunday afternoon at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.
Sun Apr 14, 2019
NEW ORLEANS – Alabama State's quest for a three-peat was successful as the Hornets defeated in-state rival Alabama A&M for the 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament championship 4-1 Sunday afternoon at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.

This is the third-straight title for the Hornets, who had to rebound from a doubles point loss to take the championship.

After Alabama A&M's Hsiang Yi Wang and Cheng Chang clinched the early point for the Bulldogs – Christian Bigott and Rodrigo Rios earned the first doubles win – the Hornets took control in singles competition. Tournament Most Valuable Player Ion Efrim tied the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Wang, and from there, the defending champions cruised as Alexis Collard, Tomas Fernandez and Alejo Calvis wrapped up the title with singles wins.

Anuk Christiansz was named Coach of the Year. Along with Efrim, the Hornets had three additional all-tournament honorees: Fernandez, Calvis and Juan Rodriguez.

Full match results are below, along with the all-tournament team.

Alabama State 4, Alabama A&M 1 (ASU wins championship)
No. 1 Doubles: Hsiang Yi Wang/Cheng Chang (AAMU) def. Ion Efrim/Alexis Collard (ASU) 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Juan Rodriguez/Chris Andre (ASU) vs. Nishangan Nadaraja/Shakir Elvin (AAMU), unfinished
No. 3 Doubles: Cristian Bigott/Rodrigo Arana Rios (AAMU) def. Tomas Fernandez/Carl-Louis Luckmann (ASU), 6-3

No. 1 Singles: Ion Efrim (ASU) def. Hsiang Yi Wang (AAMU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Singles: Chris Andre (ASU) vs. Nishangan Nadaraja (AAMU), unfinished
No. 3 Singles: Alexis Collard (ASU) def. Fermin Ruiz (AAMU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 Singles: Tomas Fernandez (ASU) def. Rodrigo Arana Rios (AAMU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Singles: Juan Rodriguez (ASU) vs. Shakir Elvin (AAMU), unfinished
No. 6 Singles: Alejo Calvis (ASU) def. Cheng Chang (AAMU) 6-4, 6-2

All-Tournament Team
Ion Efrim, Alabama State (Tournament MVP)
Alejo Calvis, Alabama State
Juan Rodriguez, Alabama State
Tomas Fernandez, Alabama State
Nishangan Nadaraja, Alabama A&M
Shakir Elvin, Alabama A&M