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May 1, 2018

Tura Earns MVP Honors as Pioneers Claim Third Straight Region IV Crown

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

PALOS HILLS, Ill. --- To say that the Prairie State College men’s tennis team dominated the field at this weekend’s NJCAA Region IV Championships would be an understatement, and a massive one at that.

The Pioneers emerged victorious in several hard-fought matches to claim their third consecutive region championship Saturday at Moraine Valley.

Prairie State racked up 24 points en route to the title.  PSC closest competitor was Lake County with 11.5 points.

PSC claimed five out of six singles championships.  The Pioneers also locked down two of three doubles titles as well.

Leading the charge for PSC was freshman Jofre Tura (IES Cirvianum Torello H.S., Spain) who claimed the No. 1 singles championship, courtesy of a 6-3, 6-2 win.  The title at first singles led to the six-foot Tura being named the region’s most valuable player.

Prairie State head coach Brian Johnson, courtesy of his third region crown, also took home post-tournament hardware, securing Coach of the Year honors.

Johnson, who has won region championships in each of his first three seasons at the helm of PSC’s program, was more than pleased with the execution of his team’s pre-meet plan.

“Prior to stepping on the court, I met with the team and outlined our individual and team goals.  We met our individual goals of improving our weaknesses.  Our team goals were to finish atop the standings and win this region tournament, so we can move onto nationals.

“This weekend, the guys took everything they learned this season and applied to their matches.  No match was easy.  We won first place in seven out of nine positions, with third-place finishes in two positions.  For myself, receiving Coach of the Year is a direct result of all the work the guys put in on and off the court, which I’m proud of.  Now, it’s on to nationals.”

In addition to Tura’s triumph, PSC freshman Anthony Kendall (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) took home the second singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 triumph.

Third singles combatant, freshman James Kirkham (St. Josephs Boys College, Australia) was triumphant 6-4, 6-3 as was freshman Natnael Fekadu (Magic Carpet School, Ethiopia), 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.

Freshman Zach Perez (Rich Central H.S.) was also triumphant at No. 6, 6-1, 6-1.

On the doubles side, Tura and Kirkham teamed up at No. 1 to earn the title 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (5) while the tandem of Fekadu and Kendall did the same at No. 2.

The Pioneers will now compete at the NJCAA Championship for the sixth consecutive season.

 

The national tournament will be held at Colin College in Plano, Texas May 15-19.

 

April 12, 2018

Pioneers Go Whitewashing Again, Blank Lake County, 9-0

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

Natnael Fekadu vs. CLCCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s tennis team continued its tear through the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Thursday, posting a clean slate against Lake County, thanks to a 9-0 win on the home courts of the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

With the triumph, Prairie State pushed its overall record to 9-4 with a 4-0 mark in Skyway action.

The Pioneers are searching for their sixth straight league title.

Leading the charge for PSC was freshman Jofre Tura (IES Cirvianum Torello H.S., Spain), who upped his season record to 9-4 following a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles.

Fellow freshman Anthony Kendall (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) improved to 11-2 in singles play with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No.2.

Jofre Tura vs. CLCFreshman James Kirkham (St. Josephs Boys College) was victorious while moving to 10-3 following a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at third singles.

Freshman Natnael Fekadu (Magic Carpet School, Ethiopia) earned his 9th win of the slate, against just four losses following his 6-2, 7-5 victory at fourth singles.

Freshmen Zachariah Perez (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 before sophomore Charles Granston (Black River H.S., Jamaica) locked down a triumph at No. 6., via a 6-4, 4-6 win.

In doubles action, Tura and Kirkham won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles before Fekadu and Kendall scored a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 2.

Granston and Perez teamed up at No. 3 to seal a 6-4, 7-6 triumph at No.3.

The Pioneers will see action again on Tuesday, when they play host to Skyway foe McHenry (2:45 p.m.).

 

April 10, 2018

PSC Moves to 3-0 in League Play Following Shutout of Oakton

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

Anthony Kendall Backhand vs OaktonCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s tennis team drew a step closer in its quest for a sixth consecutive Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title Tuesday at the Pioneer Sports and Recreation Park.

PSC (7-4, 3-0) knocked off league foe Oakton, 9-0 on the home courts in resounding fashion.

Freshman Jofre Tura (IES Cirvianum Torello H.S., Spain) set the tone early for PSC, winning his match at first singles, 6-1, 6-1.

Jofre Tura serve vs. OaktonThe second singles match featured freshman Anthony Kendall besting his opponent 6-0, 6-0 before  freshman James Kirkham (St. Josephs Boys College, Australia) won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

Freshman Natnael Fekadu (Magic Carpet School, Ethiopia) was victorious 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 while freshman Zachariah Perez (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) and sophomore Charles Granston (Black River H.S., Jamaica) each claimed wins by forfeit at No.’s five and six, respectively.

On the doubles side, Tura and Kirkham teamed up to take down Oakton’s top tandem, 8-3 while Fekadu and Kendall bested their opponents 8-1.

Perez and Grandston picked up a forfeiture at No. 3.

The Pioneers will be in action on Thursday when they host Lake County at home (2:45 p.m.).

 

April 5, 2018

Pioneers Lock Down Fifth Straight Win, Third Consecutive Shutout

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

HOMEWOOD, Ill. --- If a team is going to secure a fifth-straight win, it might as well come against the most formidable of rivals.

The Prairie State College men’s tennis team did just that Thursday afternoon, downing local and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Moraine Valley 9-0 inside the H-F Tennis and Racquet Club.

With the triumph, PSC moved to 6-3 on the campaign and 2-0 in league play.

The victory marked PSC’s third straight shutout as well.

Freshman Jofre Tura (IES Cirvianum Torello H.S., Spain) competed at first singles for head coach Brian Johnson’s team and won his match 6-0, 6-1.

Fellow freshman Anthony Kendall (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) took the court at No. 2 and won his bout in resounding fashion6-0, 6-0.

Freshman James Kirkham (St. Josephs Boys College, Australia) was victorious at No. 3 via a 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing.

The fourth singles confrontation featured PSC freshman Natnael Fekadu (Magic Carpet School, Ethiopia) claiming the match 6-0, 6-0.

Freshman Zack Perez (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) won his fifth singles match 6-4, 6-3 while sophomore Charles Granston (Black River H.S., Jamaica) claimed the No. 6 match, 6-3, 6-4.

Tura and Kirkham teamed up at No. 1 doubles, winning the match 8-0 prior to Fekadu and Kendall besting their opponents at No.2 8-0 as well.

Perez and Granston closed out the match with an 8-2 triumph.

The Pioneers will hit the court next on Saturday when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. for a skirmish against Huntington University.

 

April 2, 2018

Pioneers Serve Up Second Consecutive Shutout

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. --- Throughout the course of NJCAA Region IV men’s tennis history, DuPage has always been a program that has made its presence heavily felt.  Garnering a win over the Chaparral’s is always an impressive accomplishment.

The Prairie State College men’s tennis team did just that on Monday afternoon, posting a perfect 9-0 victory over the perennial Region IV force.  The shutout was PSC’s second in a row.

Monday’s triumph also pushed the Pioneers’ record to 5-3 overall.

PSC ran the table on both the singles and doubles sides, winning all the first four singles confrontations 6-0, 6-0 and the final two by default.

Monday’s lineup featured freshman Jofre Tura (IES Cirvianum Torello H.S., Spain) at first singles, freshman Anthony Kendall (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) at the second position, freshman James Kirkham (St. Joseph’s Boys College, Australia) at No. 3, freshman Natnael Fekadu (Magic Carpet School, Ethopia), freshman Zach Perez (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) at No. 5 and sophomore Charles Granston (Black River H.S., Jamaica) in the sixth position.

Tura and Kirkham were both victorious at first doubles following an 8-0 win.

Fekadu and Kendall won by an 8-1 final at second doubles while Perez and Granston won by default at No. 3.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they host Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Moraine Valley at the H-F Tennis & Racquet Club.

 

March 29, 2018

PSC Opens League Play With Shutout

By Chris Kuchta – Coordinator of Sports Information

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s tennis team wasted little time in setting its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference portion of its schedule off on a high note Thursday, dispatching league foe Waubonsee 9-0.

The Pioneers (4-3, 1-0) dominated the match from every conceivable angle, setting themselves up nicely for a Monday battle against NJCAA Region IV force DuPage.

Prairie State picked up a win at first singles by freshman Jofre Tura (IES Cirvianum Torello, Spain).

Freshman Anthony Kendall (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) handled his opponent handily at No. 2, claiming the match 6-0, 6-0.

Freshman James Kirkham (St. Joseph’s Boys College, Australia) locked down his match at No. 3 by way of a 6-1, 6-1 final before fellow freshman Natnael Fekadu (Magic Carpet School, Ethopia) won his tilt at the fourth position, 6-1, 6-0.

Freshmen Zach Perez (Crown Point H.S., Ind.) and sophomore Charles Granston (Balck River H.S., Jamaica) earned wins at numbers five and six, respectively.

Tura and Kirkham won their bout at first doubles as did Fekado and Kendall at No. 2 (6-1, 6-1) and the tandem of Granston and Perez also won at No. 3.

 

March 19, 2018

Pioneers Produce Productive Weekend with Trio of Wins

AURORA, Ill. --- After dropping its first three matches of the campaign, the Prairie State College men’s tennis team righted the ship this past weekend, downing a trio of teams to even its overall season mark to 3-3.

The Pioneers opened their strong weekend courtesy of a 6-3 triumph over Aurora University on Friday before traveling down to Jacksonville, IL for a Saturday dual and another win (7-2) against Illinois College.

PSC capped off its strong weekend with a convincing 8-1 triumph over Lewis and Clark on Saturday.

The Pioneers will see action next on March 29 when they take on Waubonsee in Sugar Grove (2:45 p.m.).

 

February 23, 2018

Pioneers Open Campaign With Trio of Four-Year Programs

HOMEWOOD, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s tennis team opened the 2018 season this past weekend with a trio of tough, four-year opponents.

Playing a high-caliber level of competition was something that PSC head coach Brian Johnson made a focal point when he set up his schedule.

That said, the Pioneers were tested early and often in their first three matches of the slate, falling in all three.

Prairie State opened the slate with an 8-1 road setback to NCAA Division III power Lake Forest on Feb. 17.

The Pioneers then took on Chicago State Feb. 23, falling 6-3 at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club. 

PSC also squared off against Illinois Technical institute on Feb. 24, dropping a hard-fought 6-3 match.

The Pioneers will hit the court next on March 14 at Aurora University (4 p.m.).

 

 

2017-2018 Men's Tennis Letters of Intent Signees

The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and tennis careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2017 semester:

  • Daniel Nelson (Australia)
  • Jofre Tura (Spain)
  • Natnael Fekadu (Ethopia)
  • James Kirkham (Australia)
  • Alan Duncan 
  • Frank Sterling Jr. (U.S.A.)
  • Charles Granston  (Jamiaca)