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GCU Club Tennis Places 5th at NAU Axe Cup

Club Tennis at NAU Axe Cup
March 29, 2019

By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern

“There was three feet of snow on top of the building, and it melted (through the building) and fell on three of the indoor courts.”

It is safe to say the GCU Club Tennis team (only the “A” team competed in the event) had an interesting end to their 2018-2019 campaign at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Axe Cup in Flagstaff, considering the snow ‘melted’ from the top of the outdoor building into the indoor courts, according to GCU Club Tennis Head Coach Ed Prudhomme.

The tournament was split between two days, and GCU finished second in pool play.  The Lopes finished 1-1, defeating the University of Arizona (U of A) “D” team, 30-7, while losing to the U of A “A” team, 24-20. The Lopes were defeated in the gold flight quarterfinals to the NAU “A” team, 26-22, but bounced back to knock off the U of A “B” team, 28-18, to finish in 5th place behind Arizona State University “A”, U of A “A”, NAU “A” and University of New Mexico “A.”

Prudhomme had high praise for two Lopes’ players in particular during the tournament.

“Christina Boyle moved up from the ‘B’ Team for the tournament, and she went with us and performed very well,” said Prudhomme. “Tyler Pham, who has been our best men’s singles player all year, defeated the U of A ‘A’ team No. 1 singles player pretty handily both times we played them in Flagstaff.”

It was an end to the season that Prudhomme will take heading into the summer.

“It was a good season,” said Prudhomme. “Our competition became much stronger, and our level of play has increased. We are no longer being overlooked by these established schools (such as ASU and U of A), and we are as competitive as they are now.”

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