Morenci boys capture Duncan tennis tourney title

Photo By Raymundo Frasquillo: Morenci’s boys tennis team placed first in the 2017 H.T. Clothier Invitational on March 4. Members of the team are, from left, Matthew Garcia, Tanner Hudman, Marcus Aguallo, Andrew Vigil, Luis Tejada and Shaun Espinoza.

Team wins 23 of 27 matches

By Raymundo Frasquillo

DUNCAN – The Brenda Carabeo-coached Morenci boys tennis captured the title in the four-team 2017 H.T. Clothier Invitational Tournament on Saturday, March 4, to conclude its initial week of competition. The Wildcats won 23 of 27 matches for a total of 23 points; runner-up Tombstone Yellow Jackets had 16, while the host Duncan Wildkats had 14, and the St. David Tigers one.

Morenci (4-0) defeated St. David, 9-0, and both Duncan and Tombstone by identical 7-2 scores. Tombstone edged Duncan, 5-4, and blanked St. David, 9-0. Duncan bested St. David, 8-1.

Individually, sophomore Matthew Garcia (4-0) at No. 1, senior Marcus Aguallo (4-0) at No. 3 and junior Luis Tejada (4-0) at No. 5 each went 3-0 to win singles titles, while the duos of sophomores Tanner Hudman and Andrew Vigil at No. 1 plus Garcia and Aguallo at No. 2 both won three doubles pairings.

The other singles winners were Tombstone No. 2 Adam Sebastian and No. 4 Jon Michael Bulan plus Duncan No. 6 Lucas Basteen. The Wildkats’ No. 3 doubles team of Nate Rapier and Basteen also finished in first place.

Morenci downed the Cowboys, 8-1, in Willcox during the season opener March 2.

Morenci at DHS tourney

The Wildcats won 8-9 doubles matches plus 15-18 singles matches during the all-day Duncan tourney.

Photo By Raymundo Frasquillo: The No. 1 Matthew Garcia – Marcus Aguallo duo (4-0) won three matches in the Duncan tourney to place first. Aguallo returns the ball as Garcia awaits the return from the net.

Garcia’s wins were 6-0 over Steve Daley of St. David, 6-1 over Nathan Jones of Duncan, and 7-3 in the tie-breaker after a 6-6 deadlock with Joey Schaub of Tombstone; Aguallo’s wins were 6-0 overt Thomas Haynie of Saint David, 6-2 over Nate Rapier of Duncan, and 6-4 over Alberto Garcia of Tombstone and Tejada’s wins were by forfeit over St. David, 6-4 over Jose Saiz of Duncan, and 6-1 over Bobby Phillips of Tombstone.

The Hudman – Vigil duo (3-1) defeated Daley – Jun Hung of St. David 7-4 in the tie-breaker after a 6-6 deadlock, Jones – Hunter Rapier of Duncan 6-2, and Schaub – Bulan of Tombstone 7-5 and the Garcia – Aguallo duo (3-0) posted wins over St. David by forfeit, 6-3 over Nate Rapier – Saiz of Duncan and 7-3 in a tie-breaker over Sebastian – Garcia of Tombstone after a 6-6 deadlock.

Singles No. 2 Hudman (3-1) shutout Hung of St. David and Hunter Rapier of Duncan, both 6-0, before succumbing 2-6 to Sebastian of Tombstone; No. 4 Vigil gained a forfeit from St. David, downed Chase Carnes of Duncan, 6-1, and was edged 7-5 in the tie-breaker to Bulan of Tombstone after a 6-6 deadlock and No. 6 Shaun Espinoza also gained a forfeit from St. David, fell 1-6 to Basteen of Duncan and blanked Sebastian Merlos of Tombstone.

The No. 3 duo of Tejada – Espinoza (2-1) also gained a forfeit from St. David, fell 4-6 to Nate Rapier – Basteen of Duncan and defeated Phillips Merlos of Tombstone, 6-4.

Morenci at Willcox

All six singles and two of three doubles matches resulted in Morenci wins.

Garcia and No. 3 Vigil both had 8-6 wins over sophomore Chase Childers and senior David Krause, respectively. Hudman and No. 4 Ryan Williams (1-0) both had 9-7 wins over juniors Javier Garcia and Oliver Rodriguez, respectively. Tejada downed senior Mark Rios, 8-5, and No. 6 Aguallo received a forfeit.

Garcia – Aguallo prevailed 9-7 over Krause – Rodriguez, No. 3 Williams – Tejada (1-0) received a forfeit and Hudman – Vigil fell 4-8 to Childers – Garcia.