Builders turn in solid efforts at home at KCAC Championships

Southwestern College senior Santiago Bracco awaits a serve Saturday at the KCAC Championships at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center. The Builders finished in the top three in five of six singles matches and all three doubles contests.

The Southwestern College men’s and women’s tennis teams turned in a stellar effort last weekend at the KCAC Championships at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Complex.

The Moundbuilders took home a top-three finish in five of six singles flights, as well as a placement in all three doubles flights in men’s play. The Lady Builders took home a top-three finish in all six singles flights, as well as a second-place mark in all three doubles brackets.

Junior Marcelo Mann won at No. 6 singles.

Junior David Moral-Tebar finished his tough fight through No. 1 singles with a win to take home third place. Sophomore Benjamin Erdmann, senior Santiago Bracco and sophomore David Cruz all made it to the title match in 3 through 5 singles before settling for second place. 

Both Erdmann and Cruz took their opponent to three sets in the championship.

Moral-Tebar teamed with freshman Sergio Vera to place third in No. 1 doubles.

Both Nos. 2 (Bracco and senior Javier Contreras) and 3 (Erdmann and senior Sheldon Hawthorne) doubles tandems made it to the championship before falling.

Freshman Caroline Henry and sophomore Emily Burk captured titles for the Lady Builders in Nos. 5 and 6 singles.

The other four Lady Builders competing in singles — freshman Mariana Ochoa, sophomores Catherine Coe and Jasmin Hauska, and junior Alexa Powers — all made it to the championship match, settling for second.

All three doubles tandems also reached the title match.

Coe and Ochoa finished second at No. 1 doubles, Powers and Henry were runners-up at No. 2. Hauska teamed with sophomore Tiny Pham to finish second at No. 3.

The Builders wrap up the fall schedule beginning Friday at the three-day ITA Regional Championships on their home courts.

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