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Alcorn State Braves Beat JSU for Men’s SWAC Championship
Coach Dodgen(right) and the winning team.
The Alcorn State Braves men’s tennis team coached by Anthony Dodgen won their sixth SWAC championship by beating archrival Jackson State 4-2 in the finals in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The Braves went in as the number one seed in the conference with a perfect 6-0 SWAC record, and lived up to the hype in capturing their first title since 2009. Jackson State went in as the number three seed. The Braves won all three of the doubles matches and four out of the six singles matches played in clinching the championship.
An elated coach Dodgen had these comments after the celebration: “Our guys fought really hard to win this championship, playing like they really wanted it more than Jackson State. The Braves were determined and this is really a sweet win for the team and the University.’’
In doubles competition, ASU’s number one seeded team of Alexandr Lidzar and Anton Krutkin beat JSU’s number one of Navaneeththa Baskaran and Mitchell de Jong 7-6 (DNF); ASU’s number two of Winifried Weinbeer and Pushpendra Rajpurouit beat JSU’s Nicholas Crawford and Andre Santamaria 8-1; and completed the sweep with the number three seeded Yanick Shearron-Hawkins and Alejandro Dominguez edging JSU’s Vishesh Bhatia and Jose Lique 8-5. In singles play, ASU’s number one seeded Krutkin beat JSU’s Bhatia 6-2 (DNF): number two seeded Lidzar beat Baskaran 5-7, 6-0 and 6-3; number four seeded Weinbeer beat Santamaria 6-1, 6-1 and number sixth seeded Shearron-Hawkins outplayed Crawford 7-5 and 6-2.
The JSU winners were number three seeded de Jong over ASU’s Dominguez 6-3 and 6-2 and number five seeded Luque nipping Rajpurouit 6-4 and 6-3.
The singles match with the number one seeds and the number one seeded doubles weren’t finished as there was a dispute regarding the eligibility of the JSU players.
Dodgen says now the Braves will wait to see where they may go to play in the NCAA championships.