Wichita State Shockers

Shockers double up on titles

As Wichita State University men's tennis coach Brad Louderback stood soaked from his Gatorade shower on Sunday, he couldn't help but think of the last time he had such a good day.

All of the Shockers were WSU feeling pretty good after they defeated Illinois State 4-1 in both the men's and women's Missouri Valley Conference championship Sunday at the Coleman Tennis Complex.

Both teams qualified for the 64-team NCAA national tournament and will find out who they play in regionals on May 4.

"To win this on a day where we are dedicating the courts to Rex Coad, what a great day... one of my best days since my granddaughter was born," Louderback said.

For first year women's coach Colin Foster, this is why he came to WSU.

"That's the expectation around here, to win championships, and that's what I want and why I came here," Foster said.

The men waited anxiously after watching the women win their 11th MVC championship and the dedication of the Rex Coad Championship Courts —Coad played at WSU from 1973 to 1978 and coached the Shockers form 1980 t0 1988 — but junior Vlad Marinescu knew it was his turn to carry some hardware home.

"Since I've been here, the girls are getting the trophy every year so we were thinking we have to step up and match their victory," Marinescu said. "It's a good day, great to able to win both women's and men's conferences."

Marinescu helped lead the men to their 23rd championship with his match-clinching win in No. 2 singles, defeating Filip Miljevic 6-4, 7-5. In their third match of the year, Marinescu fought back to get the win.

"This is equal to any feeling I've had in tennis," Marinescu said. "To be able to get this with all of my teammates... it's great."

The bottom of the lineup also came up with big wins again. At No. 5 singles Matheus Pereira defeated Skip Span 6-1, 6-2 and in No. 6 singles Adrian Chermaci defeated Xavier Riart-Ferrer 6-3, 6-3.

The doubles point was the difference for WSU this time against Illinois State (who defeated the Shockers 4-3 April 10).

The No. 1 doubles team of Sven Kasper and Valentin Mihai defeated Alexander Pelaez and Michael Hobson 8-4. No. 3 doubles David Cavalcanti and Pereira defeated Span and Milijevic 8-3.

Both teams fell behind early, but Kasper and Mihai won the final three games and Cavalcanti and Pereira dominated the end of their match.

"That's just a pure example of guts, determination, heart and wanting something real bad. That's what I've wanted them to do all year," Louderback said.

The women were once again led by Lutfiana Budiharto in No. 1 singles. Budiharto defeated Aniko Kiss 6-0, 6-2. Budiharto, who will also compete in the national singles championship with Stephanie Dalmacio and Delia Damaschin, did it the way she always does.

"She's just very solid, she doesn't give you a lot," WSU women's coach Colin Foster said. "To beat her, you have to beat her, she won't beat herself."

For Dalmacio, who defeated Franziska Steinhardt 6-1, 6-3, sharing it with fellow seniors Florentina Hanisch and Lenore Lazaroiu was most important.

"The seniors, we've been together for four years, we're like sisters, really like family... and that makes it even more special," Dalmacio said.