Men’s Tennis Dominates Dominican, Clinches NACC Regular Season Championship

FOREST PARK, Ill.—The Illinois Tech men’s tennis team remained unbeaten on Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) play on Saturday, as the Scarlet Hawks (15-9, 8-0 NACC) defeated the Stars of Dominican University (5-8, 3-5 NACC) by a score of 9-0. With the victory, Tech clinched the top seed in the NACC Tournament and the league’s regular season championship.

How It Happened

  • Tech swept doubles 3-0, with Brody Croonquist/Connor Mullane being the most dominant pairing with an 8-0 No. 3 win.
  • Yousef Abdo/Mohammed Shamel (8-4, No. 1) and Franklin Zhong/Adam Laitinen (8-1, No. 2) were also victorious for Tech.
  • In singles, Mullane was a part of another dominant win, defeating Samuel Pardinas 6-0, 6-0 in No. 6. Croonquist was as well, downing Joshua Sapnu 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4.
  • In addition, Zhong (6-3, 6-1, No. 1), Abdo (6-1, 6-1, No. 2), Laitinen (6-4, 6-1, No. 3), and Jack Pio (6-1, 6-0, No. 5) also handled their opponents.

Up Next

  • Conference play will come to a close for the Scarlet Hawks on Saturday as the team hosts Aurora University at 9 a.m. at XS Tennis in Chicago.
  • With the top seed now locked up, Tech will begin NACC Tournament play in the semifinals on Sunday, May 5 at UW-Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.