Northern Kentucky’s tennis program saw strong representation at the Thomas E. Price Metropolitan Tennis Tournament over the weekend in the doubles competition, with at least one Norse appearing in the final of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles draws.
Two alumni of the men’s program claimed crowns in the men’s open and mixed open draws, with Christopher Angulo (’16) winning the men’s title while Tyler Fraser (’12) struck gold in the mixed competition. Angulo teamed up with Ryan Hamning and dropped just one set throughout the tournament. The duo downed Wyatt Lippert and Wil Lofgren in the final, 7-5, 7-6, marking the second-straight year that a Norse has taken the title at the tournament after Mate Virag finished on top in 2016. In the mixed doubles draw, Frasier also saw just one set dropped with Marie Matrka, as the pair took down Lofgren and Sandy Niehaus, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
On the women’s side, recent alumnae Danielle Donahue and Sierra Nellessen made the championship final for the second year. The two earned a spot in the final with a 6-3, 6-3 set over Sophia and Amina Ismail, but dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Matrka and Kaitlyn Zinn in the final match.
The tournament continues with the singles draws, which features a strong contingency of Norse both past and present. Out of 42 entries in the men’s open draw, 11 athletes have donned the gold and black on the court.
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