OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Saints tennis program spent the weekend in Oklahoma City playing in the ITA Regionals. The weekend ended with Nicolas Rousset winning the first ITA Regionals singles title for the Saints.
Rousset and Duro Opacic both made it to the finals match, guaranteeing a first-place finish for a Saints player. Roussett came out on top, winning 6-4, 6-4. He arrived at the championship match by defeating two Cowley opponents, Walitzky Gaston 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16 and Suiama Bruno 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter finals. Finally, he beat Kevin Major of Seminole State 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Opacic had a similar route, defeating a Cowley opponent in the quarter-finals 6-1, 6-1 after defeating teammate Hugo Lobo 6-3, 6-0 in the round of 16.
Rousset also looked to give the Saints a second straight doubles Regional title, but fell just short. Rousset and his partner Tim Lamare reached the final match, but fell to Dos Santos and Major from Seminole State. The tandem had to fight their way past teammates Ben Finet and Opacic in order to reach the title match, defeating them 6-2, 5-7, 12-10.
The Saints will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma this Friday (Oct. 6) to participate in the two-day ORU Invitational.