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  • 2020-21 Shocker Men's Tennis

    Shockers Grab First Ranked Win of the Season Versus Memphis

    Wichita State men's tennis won their first match against a Top 25 team since they beat No. 12 Oklahoma State in 1985 by controlling their home court and upsetting No. 22 Memphis, 5-1, at the Coleman Tennis Complex on Friday.

  • #2
    Shockers Bring Out Brooms for Creighton

    No. 34 Wichita State men's tennis swept Creighton to improve their record against them to 30-0 on Friday at the Coleman Tennis Complex.

    Doesn't sound like it was all that big of a deal but since it was Creighton


    • #3
      Shocks Payback Denver

      The Shocks avenge a 6-1 mid-February loss at Denver as they hosted #45 Denver (8-2) in Wichita today and came away with a 5-2 win.

      The Shocks won the doubles point and they won the #1, #2, #4 and #5 singles.



      • #4
        Shocks Sweep Season Series with SMU

        No. 34 Wichita State men's tennis won its first match of the weekend be beating No. 48 SMU, 4-1, for the series sweep of the Mustangs at the Coleman Tennis Complex on Friday. The Shocks edged SMU in late January 4-3 in Dallas.

        Nicolas Acevedo clinched the match by winning a three-set dual at No. 4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Nicolas looks like a pretty athletic young man:


        • #5
          Shockers Get Big Easter Win Versus No. 28 Waves

          Senior Murkel Dellien clinched the match versus No. 28 Pepperdine with a 40-second-long rally versus No. 52 Adrian Oetzbach for a 4-2 Shockers win at the Coleman Tennis Complex on Easter.

          The Shocks now head out on the road to play 3 consecutive ranked AAC teams. @ #27 Tulane on April 9, @ #29 USF on April 11 and @ #21 UCF on April 12th.

          Very challenging but this Shocker team may just be up to it. The Shocks beat #22 Memphis in Wichita 5-1 back on March 5th.

          Go Shocks!


          • #6
            Dellien Named ITA UTR Player of the Week


            Redshirt Senior Murkel Dellien is the first Shocker tennis player to be named the ITA UTR Player of the Week after he increased his Universal Tennis Ranking to 13.15 this past week while also guiding the team to two top 50 wins.

            Dellien, a native of Trinidad, Bolivia, went a combined 3-0 last weekend to help the Shockers beat #48 SMU and upset #28 Pepperdine at home to extend their win streak to five. Dellien started the weekend with a doubles victory with partner Marius Frosa over SMU's Caleb Chakravarthi/Jan-Simon Vrbsky, 6-3. In singles, Dellien handled Chakravarthi, 6-3, 6-2, to put the Shockers up 3-0. Dellien's signature win of the weekend came against the No. 28 Waves. He faced No. 52 Adrian Oetzbach on the premiere court and won a three-set thriller for the clinch and his ninth- straight win, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.


            • #7
              The Shocks now head out on the road to play 3 consecutive ranked AAC teams. @ #27 Tulane on April 9, @ #29 USF on April 11 and @ #21 UCF on April 12th.a 5-1 back on March 5th.
              Shocks were not able to get it done against Tulane on Friday falling to the Green Wave 5-2. The highliht of the match was Senior Murkel Dellien's comeback victory and dominant tiebreak performance over No. 29 Hamish Stewart, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1.) This extends his winning streak to 10 matches.

              On to Florida.


              • #8
                Today's match vs USF has been cancelled due to weather. I guess no indoor tennis facilities in Tampa to serve as a backup in case of bad weather. A long way to travel for a rainout.


                • #9
                  Shockers Fall to Ninth Ranked Knights 5-2


                  Highlights for the Shocks was No. 72 Murkel Dellien and Marius Frosa a beating No. 29 Trey Hilderbrand/Bogdan Pavel, 6-3 at the No.1 doubles slot but UCF won #2 and #3 doubles to secure the doubles point.

                  At the No. 1 singles Murkel Dellien played one of the best players in the nation, No. 4 Gabriel Decamps. Decamps has seven ranked victories this season and was riding a 13-match win streak at one point. Decamps got the best of Dellien in the first set, but the rest of the match favored the senior from Bolivia. Dellien was able to force a third set and won comfortably in the end, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. This was Dellien's highest ranked win of his career and one of the best singles wins in school history. He improved his record to 12-2 and is currently on a 11-match win streak with a 4-0 record versus ranked foes. Very nice win indeed.

                  In the No. 2 singles Marius Frosa won the first Shocker point of the afternoon by winning a close 10-point tiebreak over Alan Rubio, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.

                  However, UCF prevailed in the other 4 singles matches.

                  Not a bad effort by the Shocks.


                  • #10
                    Dellien Awarded AAC Player of the Week


                    Senior Murkel Dellien had a stellar weekend of singles action, downing two of the AAC's best players in No. 24 Tulane's No. 29 Hamish Stewart and No. 9 UCF's No. 4 Gabriel Decamps to be named the American Athletic Conference Men's Co-Player of the Week.

                    Dellien, a native of Trinidad, Bolivia, had to fight back from a first set loss to Stewart and win a third-set tiebreak to earn a victory, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). Decamps also won his first set against Dellien, but the Dellien exerted his will the rest of the way and comfortably won the last two sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. These wins increased his win streak to 11 and the victory over No. 4 Decamps will go down as one of the best in school history. Dellien also picked up a ranked win in doubles with partner Marius Frosa. The 72nd ranked duo downed UCF's No. 29 Trey Hilderbrand/Bogdan Pavel, 6-3.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 1972Shocker View Post
                      Dellien Awarded AAC Player of the Week
                      This kid is a stud!

                      Kung Wu say man who take lady on camping trip, have one intent.


                      • #12
                        I watched Dellien's match with Decamps off and on. He looked over-matched in the first set but settled down and battled in the 2nd. I had no idea Decamps was ranked that high but with the way he looked in that first set I'm not surprised. Great win!


                        • #13
                          Shockers Advance to Semifinals After Tight Memphis Win


                          Freshman Luka Mrsic earned his first clinch of the season with a 3rd-set tiebreaker win to push No. 33 Wichita State ahead of No. 32 Memphis, 4-3, and advance to the semifinals of the AAC Men's Tennis Championships at the USTA National Campus on Thursday.

                          The Shocks lost the doubles point and had to win 4 of the 6 single matches to pull out the win.

                          Murkel Dellien took the message to heart and wasted no time getting the Shockers on the board. He downed No. 60 James Story, 6-2, 6-3, to win his 12th straight singles match.

                          Memphis won at No. 2, but Stefan Latinovic tied the match up again. He won a first set tiebreak and went on to take the second set against Oscar Cutting, 7-6(4), 6-3.

                          The team found themselves down again with two matches left, both in their third sets. Nicolas Acevedo was able to control his third set, beating Jan Pallares, 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-2. The freshman Luka Mrsic was in a back-and-forth battle with Pau Fanlo at No. 6. The two had to settle the match in a third-set tiebreak, and Mrsic was able to pull out the victory in the end with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) decision.

                          Up Next
                          The Shockers face the one seed in the tournament, No. 11 UCF, tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., CT.

                          The Shocks lost 2-5 to UCF in Orlando 10 days ago. But today's win may be enough to get the Shocks an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. An unexpected win over UCF would pretty much make the Shocks a lock for the NCAA Tournament. Appears the AAC is a pretty solid men's tennis conference.


                          • #14
                            Shocks fall to #11 UCF in the AAC Championship semi-finals 4-0.

                            A pretty good battle was being waged in the #1 doubles with the 13th ranked UCF pair vs the 39th ranked duo of Murkel Delien and Marius Frosa tied at 5-5 but UCF won the #2 doubles 6-4 and the #3 doubles 6-0 to secure the doubles point with the #1 doubles going unfinished.

                            UCF then took the #3 singles (6-4, 6-0), #4 singles (6-4,6-3) and #5 singles (6-4, 6-3) to clinch the match.

                            #35 Delien trailed #11 Deccamps 4-6, 4-5 in the #1 singles, Frosa was at 6-7 (7-6), 3-3 in the #2 singles and Luka Mrsic was at 4-6, 6-3, 1-1 in #6 singles when play was halted after USF clinched the win.

                            Not a terrible effort by the Shocks.

                            The team has put together a 15-8 record that included five ranked wins and other high-quality victories sprinkled throughout. They are well positioned for the team's first NCAA bid since 2016. The NCAA Division I men's tennis selection show is on May 3 at 5:30 p.m., CT. The show will be streamed on



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                              Wichita State Returns to NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2016


                              The Shockers ended a 5-year NCAA tournament drought and are headed to Fort Worth, Texas to face Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships on Saturday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. This is the first ever at-large bid for the Shocker program. The Shocks have never won a match in the NCAA Touranment.

                              Arizona State (16-8)
                              • The Sun Devils made a run all the way to the finals of the Pac-12 Championships and lost to eventual champion and 12 seed Southern California, 4-1.
                              • ASU came in at No. 20/22 in the last ITA poll and feature No. 98 Nathan Ponwith and No. 69 duo Tim Ruehl and Andrea Bolla.
                              • Ponwith leads the team with 15-7 record, with all but one match being at No. 1. He is 2-2 versus ranked opponents.
                              • The two teams met once in 2004, a Shocker loss
                              The AAC, at least this year, was a very good men;s tennis conference. UCF, USF, Tulane and Memphis also are in the field. SMU and Tulsa, while not in the field, are ranked in the ITA's top 50 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

                              Congrats and Good Luck Shocks!

                              Last edited by 1972Shocker; 6 days ago.