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M. Tennis-Cavaliers ninth in final national tournament appearance

05/21/14

M. Tennis-Cavaliers ninth in final national tournament appearance

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College’s participation in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship, and the JCCC program itself, came to a conclusion at the Maureen Connolly Brinker Courts in Plano, Texas, last week. The Cavaliers made the most of its final appearance, finishing ninth overall with 23 points, giving JCCC its 23rd top 10 national finish in the program’s history.

Sophomore Spartak Rahachou was the team’s top performer. Seeded seventh in the No. 1 singles bracket, Rahachou reached the semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Joshua Page of AABC. Rahachou won the first set over Page, 6-3, but lost the next two sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Rahachou opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Quinton Argent of Lewis & Clark, and followed with wins over Murilo Basso of Harford in the round of 16 (6-3, 6-3) and No. 2 seed Tim Srkala of ASA (3-6-6-4, 6-3) in the quarterfinals.

In doubles play, Rahachou and freshman Kevin Kochesperger reached the quarterfinals at No. 1 and finished 2-1 in the championship. They opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Glendale, followed by a 6-4, 6-3 win over Temple College. The duo lost to the No. 2 seed from Seminole.

Johnson County reached the quarterfinals in two other singles brackets and in the No. 2 doubles bracket.  Freshman Taylor Smith was 2-1 playing from the No. 3 singles bracket and was 1-1 with freshman teammate Kris Snyder in doubles play. Freshman Jose Torres reached the quarters at No. 4 singles, winning his first two matches before falling to the fourth seed.

The end of the program also brings an end to a hall-of-fame career of head coach Glen Moser. In his 36-year career at Johnson County, Moser led his program to 31 national tournament appearances. Prior to this year’s tournament, Moser was selected the Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year by Wilson and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.