Kansas City, Kan. – Announced by the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at McPherson College were voted into the 2015 Tennis Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The women were ranked No. 24 while the men came in at No. 26.
“We are appreciative of the rankings that have been given to us by the raters,” said Coach Stuckey. “We know we have a lot of work ahead but we’re very excited about what we can do this season on both teams.”
The women’s squad, which were No. 25 in the final poll of 2014, bring back five from the KCAC Championship team. The returners are highlighted by 2014 NAIA All-American Brooke Vorhees. The senior is joined by her sister Nikki along with Brittany Gourlay, Claire Crossman, and Chandler Short. Alexandra Moore is a non-starting returner for the Lady ‘Dogs.
Newcomers for this years’ team are Nadine Baquiran and Nikki Thornburg, transfer from Orange Coast College in California, and Deaih Curtis who came to MC from Bethany College.
On the men’s side, the team returns a pair of All-Americans in Rafael Bulnes and Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez, the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the ‘Dogs. The duo qualified for the 2014 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships this past fall; Bulnes finished sixth individually and the tandem was fourth in doubles.
Other returners include Allen Darmawan, Jaime Roman, Michael Irwin, and Connor Schafer.
New to the 2015 squad are Hector Carrillo, and mid-semester transfers Ahmed Lahlou, Pedro Ribes, Pablo Garcia, Puneet Dave, Jose Carillio, Hugo Ball-Greene, and Gabriel Franca.
The first match for both teams is on February 28th when they travel to NCAA D-II Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
McPherson College is a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference member school and a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.