Three of the four available titles at the championships won by Lindsey Wilson
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College tennis teams came away with three of the four available titles at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships over the weekend hosted by Brescia (Ky.) University in Owensboro, Ky.
Fernando Bogajo won the men's singles' championship and Trina Slapeka was the women's winner, while also teaming with Laura Vergara for the doubles' title.
A sweep of the championships wasn't out of the picture either as Bogajo and Pablo Vilches lost in the finals of the men's doubles' bracket 6-3, 6-0 against Evan Sanna and Antonio Marcelo from Cumberland (Tenn.) University.
"I am extremely proud of the effort the players put in during this tournament," Blue Raider head coach Daniel Finn said. "This has to be one of the strongest and most dominating performances Lindsey Wilson Tennis has had at ITA regionals. It seemed like every time you turned around there was a Lindsey Wilson player playing and doing well.
"We will still have things to work on that were evident during the tournament, but I'm extremely confident going into the spring season seeing the effort the players put in. I can't say how proud I am of Fernando, Trina and Laura to be going to nationals. They truly gritted their teeth and earned their berths."
Bogajo took on Pablo Numbela from Campbellsville (Ky.) University in the quarterfinals, earning a 6-2, 6-4 win, followed by topping Martin Methodist (Tenn.) University's Vinicius Santos 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals.
Bogajo was equally as dominant in the finals against Campbellsville's Carlos Anton, beating him in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 for the championship.
Slapeka, who was battling a strained abdominal muscle throughout the entire tournament, closed out her title in dramatic fashion.
After topping Martin Methodist's Anastasia Alescheva in the semifinals 6-0, 6-1, the senior battled University of the Cumberlands' Neesha Thirumalaichelvam in the finals for a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-2 win.
The doubles' tandem of Slapeka and Vergara was a dominant force all weekend, rarely losing a game before taking the title on a forfeit in the finals. Leading up to that forfeit, the pair had beaten Tennessee Wesleyan College's Beatriz Signori and Zolzaya Enhkloat 8-3 in the semifinals.
Besides the titles, Lindsey Wilson made appearances in the semifinals of women's singles with Laura Vergara and a the doubles' team of Fabricio Morales and Victor Saez in the semifinals of the men's doubles' draw.
It was nearly Morales who faced Bogajo in the men's singles' championship match, but he lost a close match to Anton 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Slapeka, Vergara and Bogajo advance to the USTA/ITA National Championships in Mobile, Ala., at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center on Oct. 13-16.