Men's tennis eliminated from RMAC Tournament, look forward to regionals
DENVER - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's tennis team was eliminated from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tennis Tournament Friday afternoon, falling to the Metro State Roadrunners 6-2 at the Metro State Tennis Courts.
While the loss ended UCCS' RMAC season, there's a good chance there's still more tennis to play. UCCS coach Matt Hays learned Friday afternoon that his team has an excellent chance of qualifying for the North Central Regional Tournament.
The Mountain Lions won one of three doubles matches Friday afternoon as Marc Knutila and Ken Huston topped Jacob Ratliff and Sean Carlton 8-6 at No. 3. UCCS lost at both No. 1 and 2 doubles, which was surprising since the Mountain Lions won both spots when they faced Metro State in the regular season on April 12.
"We had chances to win at both one and two doubles and didn't take advantage of it," said Hays. "We dug ourselves a hole and couldn't pull it out in singles."
Sean Voorhies did his part in singles play. Voorhies, who rated No. 9 in singles in the FILA College Tennis North Central region Rankings, upset the No. 4-ranked player, Andres Nilsson, 6-2, 6-1. UCCS was unable to win any of the other singles matches, although Jason Schultz took his match to three sets.
"We played fairly well," said Hays. "Metro was coming off a close match in which they almost beat (No. 1 seed Nebraska-Kearney) earlier in the week so their confidence was very high."
With the RMAC tournament in the rear-view mirror, the Mountain Lions must now look ahead to the regional tournament. Hays doesn't want them to be satisfied with simply qualifying.
"We've been there three years in a row, said Hays. "This time we need to do something -win a match - instead of just getting there.
"It's time to take the next step."
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