TUCSON, Ariz. — The Cowley College men’s tennis team had another strong run at the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Championships, finishing in a tie for fourth place.
Cowley’s No. 1 doubles team of Bruno Hidaka Suiama and Angelo Yasuro Ito Tost finished Friday as the national runner-up.
The fourth-place finish marks the second straight year the Tigers finished fourth at the National tournament.
Tyler Junior College (49 points) finished one point ahead of ASA Miami to claim the National championship, while Seward County (33) placed third. Cowley and Eastern Florida State College each finished with 29 1/2 points.
“I am very proud of the boys,” Cowley coach Manuel Raga said. “They fought for every point. It was exciting to see them play against the best schools in the nation and be able to finish in the top-four again.”
Six sophomores competed at nationals out of nine on the roster.
“The sophomores showed their experience and gave us that extra confidence and support on and off the court,” Raga said.
In addition to Suiama and Tost, other sophomores were Killian Dagneaux, Casey Edwards, Valter Kenji Imura Oshiro, Nicholas Mougaillard, Derek Nix, Emil Zaar and Anthony Daniel Shasteen.
In his first season as head coach of the Tigers, Raga was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Region III Wilson ITA Coach of the Year.
“I am already looking forward to next year and hoping to do better,” Raga said.
No. 1 — Bruno Hidaka Suiama/Angelo Yasuro Ito Tost (CC) lost to Alex Parker/Marcus Walters (Tyler) 6-3, 7-5 in the finals.