May 19, 2017
Diaz and Millan Fall in Consolation Title Match
PLANO, TX --- The outstanding sophomore campaigns of Prairie State College men’s tennis players Daniel Diaz (Teresiano H.S., Chile) and Ian Millan (Solerionos H.S., Spain) came to a close Friday afternoon at Collin College.
Diaz and Millan dropped their No.1 doubles consolation championship match to Jason Pimenta and Will Swindoll of host Collin College by final scores of 2-6, 6-1, 10-4.
May 17, 2017
Diaz, Milan to Play for Consolation Doubles Title
PLANO, TX --- Prairie State College sophomore tennis players Daniel Diaz (Teresiano H.S., Chile) and Ian Millan (Solerionos H.S., Spain) have advanced to the consolation championship match at first doubles at the NJCAA National Tournament.
PSC’s top doubles tandem will take on Diego Leal and Taqel Lewis of Jones County at 2 p.m. today at Collin College.
Both Diaz and Millan advanced to the championship match of the lower bracket following a 6-4, 6-1 win over Pablo Safont Ferrer and Bradley Schug of Harford on Wednesday.
Both players made strong tournament runs in singles play as well with Diaz bowing out in semifinal action of the consolation bracket and Millan exiting following a consolation quarterfinal loss.
Diaz fell by final counts of 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to Elvyn Nguyen of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural while Millan dropped his match to Freddy Henry of Paradise Valley 6-3, 7-6(5).
April 30, 2017
Diaz, Millan Qualify for National Tournament After Strong Regional Showing
PALOS HILLS, Ill. --- All season long, Prairie State College sophomore tennis players Daniel Diaz (Teresiano H.S., Chile) and Ian Millan (Solerionos H.S., Spain) were expected to lead the Pioneers both on and off the court.
And all season long, they delivered with flying colors.
Saturday afternoon those efforts were rewarded as the pair accomplished one of its main preseason objectives: qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament.
Diaz, who hails from Los Angeles, Chile was last season’s NJCAA Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. He accomplished both feats again for a second consecutive season after winning the Region IV title at No. 1 singles for a second straight year.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Diaz locked down his championship following a 6-3, 6-0 win over Oakton’s Robert Lazar in the region title bout.
Millan, a native of Burriana, Spain, claimed a consecutive title at second singles as well.
He knocked off Lake County’s Alex Tobias 6-0, 6-2 to win his title.
Both player’s wins secured berths at the national tournament.
The Pioneers’ top two players also have both teamed up each of the past two seasons as Prairie State’s top doubles tandem as well.
The duo also looked down a championship at No. 1 doubles, besting DuPage’s top tandem 6-3, 6-0 in the championship match/
Diaz and Millan, weren’t the only Pioneers to have success either.
Freshman standout Avilash Mishra (BBSR H.S., India) claimed the singles title at No. 3 after downing Charlie Mackh of DuPage while sophomore Sasa Bozic (Milos Savkovic H.S., Serbia) earned the third singles title, beating Steven Leavy of Moraine Valley by a 6-0, 6-1 count.
The 2017 National Tournament will be held in Plano, Texas and runs from May 15-19.
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)