The Seward County Community College menís tennis team made school history last weekend finishing in second place at the Region VI Tournament to advance them to their first ever NJCAA Menís National Tennis Tournament. The Saints placed four singles players and two doubles pairs in regional finals while scoring 18 points, just one behind regional champions, Barton County Community College (19). SCCC Menís and Womenís Head Coach, Darin Workman, and his menís team brought home a record three regional titles including two singles and one doubles first place trophies.

Barton County, Seward County and Johnson County Community College will all advance to the NJCAA National Tournament on May 15-19 in Plano, Texas.

Seward County freshman, Ruben Mora, (ranked No. 36) started the Saints off strong with a 6-0 and 6-1 victory over Barton Countyís Andres Perez, the No. 16 ranked singles player in the country. Mora was dominating in his regional championship victory.

Saints No. 5 singles player, Bruno Falcao, (ranked No. 94) also was a regional champion defeating Johnson Countyís Tyler Shelley (ranked No. 76) 6-2, 7-6). Falcao was a fourth-place finisher as a freshman at SCCC in his first Region VI singles tourney last year.

Seward County sophomore, Thiago Lins and freshman, Rogerio Yamamota won a regional title in No. 2 doubles defeating highly favored Barton County, who had a No. 2 doubles pair that was ranked No. 17 in the country. Lins and Yamamota defeated the Barton County duo 3-6, 6-4 and 6-4.

The Saints had a full slate of activity in the final day of singles competition on championship day. SCCC No. 4 singles player, Rogerio Yamamota, was defeated by Barton Countyís No. 4 singles player 6-4 and 6-3. The Saints also had freshman, Adam Hambleton, finish as a regional runner-up, despite taking his championship match to a third and final set. Hambleton dropped his finals match, 6-4, 4-6 and 1-6.

In doubles competition, the Saints had a repeat finish from sophomores Bruno Falcao and Josh Rollins who were defeated 5-7 and 2-6 against Johnson County. Last year, Falcao and Rollins also finished their year with a regional runner-up in No. 3 doubles.

Workman has guided the Saints tennis program to a level never seen in school history over his eight years as head coach. In his tenure at Seward County, Workman has never had a team not ranked in the top 25 in the nation, receiving a national ranking in each of his eight seasons at Seward County. This season marks the first for the Saints in the National Tournament and also marks the programs highest national ranking receiving a No. 7 pre-season ranking and currently a No. 6 national ranking.