The Seward County Community College menís tennis team scored 2.5 points on Wednesday at the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas, at Collin County Community College. Seward County had three singles players and two doubles teams eliminated from the championship bracket, but freshmen Rogerio Yamamoto and Luis Cabizuca each won two matches to qualify for the consolation bracket championships in their respective singles brackets. Seward County is now in ninth-place overall at the National Tournament with 22 team points. The Top 10 teams in the tournament currently includes Tyler J.C. (35), Laredo C.C. (32), Scottsdale C.C. (30), Johnson County C.C. (29), Abraham Baldwin (27.5), Collin County C.C. (24.5), Cowley College (23), Vincennes (22.5), Seward County (22) and University of Arkansas Fort Smith (18).

The road in the championship bracket ended for three Saints singles players on Wednesday with a path to the semifinals running through some elite competition. Freshman Roberto Gomez was eliminated in No. 1 singles by the No. 1 ranked player in the nation, Jorge Vazquez of Tyler J.C., 1-6 and 2-6.

Freshman Mirko Perkusich lost in his No. 2 singles match against fourth-seeded Renato Costa of Vincennes 1-6 and 2-6. Also finishing play in singles competition was freshman Victor Mesquita, who was defeated by fourth-seeded Saman Samii of Collin County C.C. 2-6 and 3-6. All three freshmen from Seward County end remarkable seasons where they all recorded Top 8 finishes at the national tournament.

The Saints two doubles teams were also eliminated and were not able to pull off upsets in the Round of 8. Saints No. 1 doubles pair, Perkusich/Mesquita, were defeated 1-6 and 2-6 against Manuel Carette/Samii of Collin County C.C., the No. 22 ranked doubles pair in the country.

The highlight for the Saints on Wednesday was the singles play of Yamamoto and Cabizuca, who were competing in the consolation bracket. Since entering the consolation bracket in No. 4 singles, Cabizuca has been no stranger to third set tie-breakers, and Wednesday was no exception. Cabizuca won his first match of the day 6-3, 2-6 and 10-5 (tie-breaker), knocking off Bentley Dye of Collin County C.C. Cabizuca and Dye began the third set tie-breaker even at 4-4, before Cabizuca closed the match on a 6-1 run, winning his second straight match in a tie-breaker. Cabizuca advanced to the consolation bracket finals with a 6-2, 3-6 and 12-10 (tie-breaker) victory over T.J. Holmes of Arkansas-Fort Smith, winning his third straight match in a third set tie-breaker. Cabizuca defeated Oliver Clark of Paradise Valley on Tuesday in his first consolation match in a third set tie-breaker. Cabizuca will play Blake Sherman of Meridian C.C. on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the consolation bracket finals.

Yamamoto cruised to the consolation finals in No. 5 singles with a 7-5 and 6-2 victory over Nathan Bergmann of Arkansas Fort Smith, and a straight sets win over Preston Hindman (6-2, 6-4) of Mesa C.C. Yamamoto will play in the No. 5 singles consolation championship against third-seeded Jozef Krchnak of Collin County at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Krchnak was upset in the first-round of singles play on Monday against Cowley College, and has since won three straight matches to appear in the championship match of the consolation bracket.

Yamamoto and Cabizuca had already played two singles matches each, before having to play their championship bracket No. 2 doubles match on Wednesday afternoon against No. 1 seeded Scottsdale C.C. The Saints pair would not make it to Thursday in both singles and doubles, after losing 2-6 and 1-6, playing over five straight hours of tennis in singles and doubles competition.