The Seward County Community College men’s tennis team started their fall season last weekend at the Wichita Collegiate Tennis Tournament. The Saints went 29-9 at the tournament and four players were tournament champions and three were tournament runner-up champs. The Saints competed against junior college and four-year programs.

Saints No. 1 singles player, Ruben Mora, who was a Regional Champion as a freshman at No. 2 singles, went 2-1 in the top flight division (Flight A). Rogerio Yamamoto went 3-1, while finishing tournament runner-up in the Flight C division. Yamamoto’s SCCC teammate, Bruno Falcao, defeated him in the Flight C championship. Falcao won all four matches against William Jewell, Cowley College, Graceland and in the finals against Yamamoto.

The Saints also had two players in Flight D with Roberto Gomez and Adam Hambleton both competing. Gomez, a freshman from Comitan, Mexico, made a strong debut with the Saints winning his division with a perfect 4-0 singles record. Hambleton suffered a tougher road to the consolation bracket championship. After dropping his first match, Hambleton won his next three matches against Nebraska Wesleyan, Cowley College and Oklahoma Christian University to win the consolation bracket finals.

Seward County’s No. 6 and No. 7 singles players, Luis Cabizuca and Charlie Salter, each won their respective divisions by going 4-0. Cabizuca, a freshman defeated Oklahoma Baptist, Graceland, Cowley College and Emporia State Univ., on his way to the Flight E championship. Salter, a freshman from Acton, London, defeated Oklahoma Baptist, William Jewell, Emporia State and Nebraska Wesleyan while only losing one set along the way.

Sophomore, Brent Hilliard, went 1-1 with a three-set match victory against Graceland, and then lost to Nebraska Wesleyan in three sets during Flight F competition. Saints No. 9 singles player, Andy Jeffery, was a tournament runner-up in Flight G competition with two wins against Friends University and Kansas Newman, before he dropped his final match to Nebraska Wesleyan.

The Saints sent four doubles pairs into competition where they won two matches and lost four. Seward County continues their fall schedule this weekend, September 16-17 at the Bethany College Tournament in Lindsborg, Kan.