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2017-18 Shocker Men's Tennis

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  • #16
    Shocks continue to play close but no cigar tennis as the fall at Arkansas 3-4 after winning the doubles point and fall to 1-4 on the season..

    The match game down to #4 singles but Miroslav Herzan fell to his Arkansas opponent in 3 sets 6-2, 5-7, 4-6.


    • #17
      The Shocker men fall to 1-5 on the season with a 2-5 loss to Middle Tennessee State today at Genesis Health Club.


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    • #18
      Shocks step down a bit in weight-class and pick up a 7-0 win over UMKC at Geneisis Health Cluc on Sunday and move to 2-5 on the season.

      Shocks won the doubles point pretty handily but most of the singles matches were pretty competitive.


      • #19
        The Shocks picked up a Havoc in the Heartland win as they edged Tulsa 4-3 in Tulsa on Monday evening in a very tight match.

        The Shocks needed a tiebreaker to win the doubles point which proved to be key. After the teams split the No. 1 and 2 doubles Shocker co-captains Eddie Stoica and Haru Inoue were tied at 6-6 after 12 games and were at 6-6 in the tiebreaker to determine the winner of the No. 3 doubles when they won the next two points for 7-6 (8-6) win and the doubles point.

        Tulsa won the #1 singles easily 6-1, 6-1 but WSU's Andrea Caligiana took the #6 singles in straight sets at 7-5, 6-4 and Eddie Stoica won the #5 singles 6-3, 6-4 to put the Shocks up 3-1.

        However, Tulsa fought back winning the #2 singles in a 3rd set tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) and the the #4 singles in 3 sets 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to tie the match at 3 all.

        WSU's Murkel Dellien was the last to finish in the #3 singles a pulled out a 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 three set battle to secure the win.

        In matches involving AAC teams Tulsa has a 5-2 win over USF and a 2-5 loss to #20 Tulane both in Tulsa. Tulsa was WSU's first AAC match and they also play SMU on April 6th in Dallas.
        TULSA, Okla. – Wichita State took on conference foe Tulsa, Monday evening in a thriller at the Case Tennis Center. The Shockers held off a late Golden Hurricane rally for their second-straight win and their first victory in their inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference.
        Last edited by 1972Shocker; February 20th, 2018, 12:25 PM.


        • #20
          Here is Murkel's match-clinching service ace to finish off the Tulsa match. You may want to watch the video in full screen mode. Murkel's racket is out of the frame when he makes contact to you have to pick the ball up in mid-flight and it had some mustard on it.

          I don't think the Tulsa player had a prayer to return that thing.


          • #21
            The Shocker men defeated San Francisco 4-0 this morning in Albuquerque at the Mountain Pacific Tournament hosted by #46 New Mexico.

            The Shockers take on New Mexico this afternoon. The Shockers will play either Brown or Grand Canyon tomorrow either in the Championship match or the 3rd place match.

            The Shockers picked up their 2nd win of the day and their best win of the season with a 4-1 win over #46 New Mexico.

            The Shockers will be in the tournament Championship match tomorrow against the winner of the Brown vs GCU match.
            Last edited by 1972Shocker; March 3rd, 2018, 10:50 PM.


            • #22
              The Shocker men defeated Grand Canyon 4-2 today in Albuquerque to win the Mountain Pacific Tournament hosted by New Mexico.

              After a tough start the Shocks have now won 5 matches in a row to improve to 6-5 on the year.

              Last edited by 1972Shocker; March 4th, 2018, 06:57 PM.


              • #23
                The Shocker men's tennis team is taking their 4-match winning streak (Tulsa, San Francisco, #46 New Mexico and Grand Canyon) Norman, Oklahoma this evening to take on the #15 ranked Sooners.

                The Shocks have been playing better lately but they are probably in a bit over their heads with OU. But we'll see how it goes. The Shocks have been reasoanbly competitive even in their losses this year.

                WSU's Marius Frosa and Murkel Dellien won the #1 doubles 6-2. OU countered with a 6-2 win in the #3 doubles match 6-2.

                WSU's Miroslav Herzan and Andrea Caligiana wint the #2 doulbes in a tiebrekaer 7-6 (8-6) to earn the Shocks the doubles point.

                However, the Shockers are trailing in Set 1 in all 6 singles matches So it may not make much difference.

                Shocks lose Set 1 in all but the #5 singles where they picked up a set in a tiebreaker.

                OU picks up 3 wins in the #3 singles (7-6, 6-1), #6 singles (6-3, 6-3) and #2 singles (6-3, 6-4) and looks like they are about to close it out with a win in the #1 singles.

                OU clinches the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the #1 singles to go up 4-1. #4 and #5 singles will go unfinished although the Shocks held a slight edge in both of those matches.

                Shocks were competitive just not quite talented enough. Shockers host Nebraska tomorrow at 3:00.

                Last edited by 1972Shocker; March 8th, 2018, 10:59 PM.


                • #24
                  The Shocker men's tennis team bounced back today at home to defeat Nebraska 4-1.

                  The Huskers and Shocks split the Number 1 and Number 3 doulbles and the Shocks eeked out a tiebreaker win in #2 doubles 7-6 (9-7) to take the doubles points.

                  The Shockers' Miroslave Herzan lost 1-6, 1-6 in the #3 singles but #4, #5 and #6 signles in straight sets. The #1 and #2 singles went unfinished with the Huskers up in the #1 singles and the Shocks up in the #2 singles.

                  Tomorrow the Shocks host New Mexico up they upset in Albuquerque last week.

                  Last edited by 1972Shocker; March 9th, 2018, 11:28 PM.


                  • #25
                    The Shocker men picked up a pair of wins this San Antonio. The beat Texas A&M - CC 4-3 on Wednesday and UTSA today 4-0 (and were leading in all 3 of the unfinished singles matches). Not the toughest opponents on their schedule by any means but the Shockers do edge above .500 on the year at 9-8 after a 1-5 start.

                    The Shocks play in the Rice Tournament this weekend. Looks like that tournament includes Rice, Wichita State, VCU and Texas A&M-CC.


                    • #26
                      The Shocker men take down Texas A&M-CC 4-0 at the Rice Invitational beating the Islanders for the 2nd time in 4 days.

                      The Shocks playing Rice this afternoon. Rice wins the doubles point as the teams split the #2 and #3 flights and Rice winning the #1 flight in a tiebreaker.

                      Shocks will need to win 4 of the 6 singles flights to win the match.

                      The Shocks lose Set 1 in the #1 singles and #4 singles in close battles but win the first set in the other 4 singles flights.

                      Shocker Fr. Andrea Trapani wins the #5 singles 6-2, 6-1 and Jr. Andrea Caligiana wins the #6 singles 6-4, 6-1.

                      Shocks need to split the remaining 4 singles flights. Currently they trail in two and lead in two.

                      Shocker So. Murkel Delien picks up a win in #4 singles 6-3, 6-3. Shocks need one of the remaining 3.

                      Shocker Jr. Marius Frosa drops the #1 singles 5-7, 4-6. Shocks lead 3-2 with two flights remaining.

                      Shocker Sr. Mrioslav Herzan falls in the #4 singles 6-7, 6-7. Match tied at 3-3 with the #2 singles in a second set tiebreaker with the Shocker Jr. Haru Inoue having won the 1st set. And the tiebreaker goes to Rice so they will play a 3rd set to determine the winner of the match.

                      Haru pulls out the 3rd set win in the #2 singles 6-4 to give the Shocks the match over host Rice 4-3.

                      The Shocks play VCU tomorrow morning at 11:00 am. Shocks are now 11-8 on the season.
                      Last edited by 1972Shocker; March 24th, 2018, 08:59 PM.


                      • #27
                        The Shockers take care of VCU this morning at the Rice Invitational winning 4-0 breaking Rice's 10-year streak of winning this event.


                        Shocks improve to 12-8 on the season.


                        • #28
                          The Shocks won a hard fought 4-3 match today at the University of Denver. The Shocks eeked out the doubles points then won 3 singles points all in 3-set matches.

                          Last edited by 1972Shocker; March 31st, 2018, 12:41 AM.


                          • #29
                            The Shocker men have ridden their 6-match road winning streak down to Dallas where they are taking on fellow AAC member SMU this afternoon at 4:30 pm (in porgress).

                            The Shocks are 0-8 all-time against SMU but this may be their year to break into the win column vs SMU as the Mustangs are 7-15 on the season. The Shocker men are 13-8 after starting the season 1-5.


                            Live Stats

                            The Shocks take the doubles point with a 6-2 win in the 2nd flight and a 6-3 win in the 1st flight. The Shocks lead 5-4 in the 3rd flight when they clinched the point.

                            On to singles play.

                            With the Shocks needing a split in the 6 singles matches they are not off to a good start. After 1 set SMU leads in 4 of the 6 singles flights. Shocks need to step it up in Set 2.

                            Inoue wins the #1 singles 6-2, 7-5 and Stoica wins the #5 singles 6-1, 7-6. However, SMU won the #2 and #4 singles.

                            The match score shows 3-3 with the #6 singles done in SMU's column with them leading 6-3, 3-2 which implies WSU's Caligiana had to retire.

                            So the match comes down to a 3rd set in the 3rd flight.

                            Frosa comes thru for the Shocks with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win to secure the Shocks' 7th straight road win.
                            Last edited by 1972Shocker; April 6th, 2018, 11:34 PM.


                          • #30
                            The Shocks, now 14-8, have one more regular season match remaining, again on the road, as they take on former Valley rival Drake in Des Saturday. The AAC Championships begin the next Thursday back in Dallas at the SMU Tennis Complex.

                            Not sure where the Shocks will be seeded. They do own wins over SMU and Tulsa both by 4-3 scores and both on the road.