The Seward County Community College men’s tennis finished in ninth-place at the NJCAA National Tournament at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. Freshman Luis Cabizuca won the No. 4 singles consolation bracket championship and sophomore Rogerio Yamamoto was narrowly defeated in the No. 5 singles consolation championship match. The Saints finished with 22.5 points, just 1.5 points behind Cowley College and Vincennes University for seventh-place. Laredo Junior College won the National Championship with 44 points, after dominating second-place Tyler Junior College in the final day of competition in singles and doubles play.

The Top 10 teams in the final national tournament standings were: 1.) Laredo J.C. (44), 2.) Tyler J.C. (42), 3.) Scottsdale C.C. (33), 4.) Johnson County C.C. (31), 5.) Collin County C.C. (29), 6.) Abraham Baldwin A.C. (28), 7.) Cowley College (24), 7.) Vincennes Univ. (24), 9.) Seward County C.C. (22.5), 10.) Univ. of Arkansas-Fort Smith (18.5).

Cabizuca won his fourth consecutive singles match on Thursday, also marking the fourth straight match Cabizuca has won in a third set tie-breaker. Cabizuca defeated Blake Sherman of Meridian Community College, 4-6, 6-2 and 10-4 (tie-breaker). Cabizuca defeated Paradise Valley C.C., Collin County C.C., Univ. of Arkansas Fort-Smith and Meridian C.C. on his way to the consolation bracket championship.

Yamamoto almost gave the Saints a pair of consolation bracket championships in a closely played match against third-seeded No. 5 singles player, Jozef Krchnak of Collin County C.C., who defeated Yamamoto 6-3, 6-7 (5-7) and 7-10 (tie-breaker). Yamamoto’s consolation victories were against Nathan Bergmann (Arkansas-Fort Smith) and Preston Hindman (Mesa C.C.).

Seward County played a total of 26 matches at the national tournament with a 12-7 singles record, 4-3 doubles mark and a total team record of 16-10 with 22.5 points.

Last year, the Saints placed ninth in their first-ever appearance at the national tournament playing in 20 matches with a 6-7 record in singles play, 3-4 record in doubles and a total team record of 9-11 with 19.5 total team points.