OU’s Quinones wins ITA regional singles title

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa University men’s tennis program made history this weekend.

Claudio Quinones became the first singles champion in program history in the ITA Central-West Regional Championships.

Quinones won all five matches en route to the title. He bested Oklahoma Wesleyan University's Jose Catala (3-6, 6-3, 6-2) in three sets.

Quinones is on a nice run as he followed up last weekend’s first place finish in the KCAC Individual Championships.

Quinones and Thomas Golden were runner-up in doubles. The pair’s only loss came in the championship match to McPherson (3-6, 7-5, 6-3). The Ottawa lost to the same McPherson squad in the title match of the KCAC Championships a week ago.

Blake Sprouse finished the tournament with a record of 2-1 mark in singles. He defeated Bethel College's Thomas Quercia 6-2, 6-0 and McPherson College's Jakob Kome 6-3, 6-2. His tournament ended in his third match with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to the No. 1 overall seed, Jorge Chevez, Dordt University.

Golden competed in four matches, finishing 3-1. He defeated Tabor’s Alejandro Velasco, 6-0, 6-0; Hugo Prats, of Friends University, 6-1, 6-2, and Milan Bucek, from Bethel College, 6-2, 6-2. Golden fell to Chevez 7-5, 2-1, retired.

Luke Graham opened the tournament with a 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 victory over Dordt’s Henrique Sakoda. In his second match, Graham was defeated by McPherson College's Nathan Monk, 6-1, 6-1.

Both Ottawa double teams finished with at least two wins at the tournament. Sprouse and Graham won their first two matches, 8-3 over Roberts and Rice, Kansas Wesleyan, and 8-6 over Komel and Murphy, McPherson. In the third match, they were defeated 8-1 by Southwestern College's Moral-Tebar and Vera.

Ottawa’s Abby Norris went 1-1 in the women’s singles. Norris won her first match of the tournament, a 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory over Caroline Henry, Southwestern. In her second match, Norris was defeated by the overall No. 1 seed, Daniela Herrera, from Bethel, 6-4, 6-4.

Quinones advances to the ITA Cup on Oct. 16-18, Rome, Georgia.