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Men's Tennis - Thu, May 4, 2017

College of Lake County Men's Tennis has qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Championship in Plano, Texas, following their win at the NJCAA Region IV tournament.

The Lancers captured their first Region IV title in 17 years this past weekend, as they won the regional tournament by a single point ahead of second placed College of DuPage.

Alec Munro is the lone regional champion for the Lancers, winning 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and Alex Tobias fell in the No. 2 singles championship 6-0, 6-2.

"It feels amazing knowing that I was able to help the team win as much as I could," Munro said. "I was kind of bummed at the time though because I was right next to my teammate Zach [Wisniewski] and I saw that he was losing. And even though I knew that I could win, I wanted my teammates to do as well as they could."

"I didn't get much of a  chance to go to state in high school, so I feel this is the equivalent for college, if not better, and I just hope that I can keep playing like I have been all year."

In the doubles championships, the No. 2 pairing of Tobias and Octavio Velazquez fell 6-0, 6-1 and the No. 3 pairing of Jason Gomez and Zachary Wisniewski lost 6-4, 3-6, 1-0.

Head coach Jim Love says it's great for his team that they acheived their season goal of qualifying for nationals.

"Our goal from the beginning was to qualify for naitonals," Love said. "It's great for them to acheive that goal, they did a great job."

Last year, the Lancers finished their season without winning a single match with an 0-10 record. The turnaround has been remarkable for Love and his Lancers as the Lancers finished in second place in the Illinois Skyway Conference.

Love says that he had high expectations coming into this year because of the players that brought the team some much needed depth.

"When I saw the talent of the players that came in this fall, we certainly had high expectations," Love said. "You never know for sure how they're going to perform, but they worked really hard during the winter and they performed really well in the spring. We knew they were talented, especially with depth, which proved to be true."

Love also says he is looking forward to seeing how his team stacks up against some of the nation's best programs.

"Anytime you have something at the naitonal level, that's pretty cool," Love said. "And getting the chance to travel is a great incentive, and the chance to see some of the best players in the nation, so we're looking forward to it, to see how we compare against them."

Love was also named Region IV Coach of the Year following the tournament.

The national championships take place on May 15-19 at Collin County College in Plano, Texas.