Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2019
It came down to the final doubles match on the final day of the tournament, but ASA College-Miami's bid for a men's tennis national championship fell just short.
After splitting the Flight 1 and Flight 3 doubles matches with Tyler Junior College, the team that the Silver Storm remained tied with for nearly the entire tournament, ASA Miami lost the winner-take-all Flight 2 Doubles match 6-4 – breaking the tie and putting ASA in the runner-up spot.
While it stings on the surface – to be one match away from claiming a national crown – ASA Miami's run in the national championship tournament (held at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona) this past week and their overall performance the entire season was quite impressive.
The Silver Storm men have now returned from the NJCAA championship tourney with the runner-up trophy in back-to-back years (2018 and 2019) – that coming on the heels of bringing home the national crown in 2016 and 2017. Also, ASA Miami finished the 2019 regular season 9-2, including a couple of victories over four-year programs, and its two losses during the season each were by one point.
While head coach Brian Slack was hoping to complete a "sweep" this year – winning both the men's and women's tennis national championships this season since the Lady Silver Storm won the crown last week – and possibly win his 10th championship, he was able to put the whole thing into perspective.
"It was a fun two weeks," Slack began. "Had two guys at the end that I wouldn't want it any other way. I trusted those two at the end and wouldn't have trusted any two other players. It was a great match that we just fell on the wrong side. Tough way to lose but great to be in the moment."