Men’s Tennis Claims SWAC Championship In New Orleans


April 21, 2013

The Panthers capped off their dominating season against Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents with a 4-0 win over Alcorn State in the SWAC Tournament Championship match on Sunday. The Prairie View A&M men’s tennis team did not drop a single match against a conference opponent this season and came through with a win in a rematch of last season’s championship.

Prairie View A&M University won its 21st Southwestern Athletic Conference men’s tennis crown in the victory over the defending tournament champions, Alcorn State, on Sunday at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.

The 21 championship titles is the most by any team in the SWAC. In addition, the Panthers pick up their second title in four years after winning the 2010 tournament. The Panthers added to the hardware as newly crowned SWAC Player of the Year Jackson Varney and teammate Craig Wiltz started things off in doubles play with a 8-2 win over Ernesto Santillan and Gary Amor.

SWAC Tournament MVP, Ronald Chidzikwe, put the exclamation mark on the match by defeating Amor during the No. 4 singles match-up. Chidzikwe picked up the win in two sets with scores of 6-0, 6-2. In singles competition against conference opponents including the SWAC Tournament, Prairie View A&M players combined to go 34-2. They did not drop a single match in the conference tournament.

Panthers head coach, John Cochran, was named the 2013 SWAC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.


COURT NO. Prairie View A&M (4) , Alcorn State (0) RESULTS FINISH
1 1 Varney / Wiltz (PVAMU) def. Santillan / Amor (ALCN) 8-2 1
2 2 Fotso / Chidzikwe (PVAMU) def. Tkachenko / Singh (ALCN) 8-3 3
3 3 Umnikov / Vasileuski (ALCN) def. Gbadamosi / Aldaz (PVAMU) 8-0 2

COURT NO. Prairie View A&M (4) , Alcorn State (0) RESULTS FINISH
1 1 Jackson Varney (PVAMU) vs. Ernesto Santillan (ALCN) DNF
2 2 Karim Fotso (PVAMU) vs. Ivan Umnikov (ALCN) DNF
3 3 Craig Wiltz (PVAMU) vs. Vitali Vasileuski (ALCN) 6-1, 6-0 1
4 4 Ronald Chidzikwe (PVAMU) vs. Garry Amor (ALCN) 6-0, 6-2 3
5 5 Jonathan Dingle (PVAMU) vs. Max Tkachenko (ALCN) DNF
6 6 Daniel Vasquez (PVAMU) vs. Bhavtaran Singh (ALCN) 6-2, 6-3 2