Barnes crowned MWC #5 singles champion
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Men's Tennis - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Cornell men's tennis continued its record-breaking season by crowning Tucker Barnes (JR/Flower Mound, Texas) champion of No. 5 Singles at the Midwest Conference Championships Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Center. 

This marks the first individual champion for the Rams since 2003 (in the Iowa Conference), and the first MWC champion since 1980.

Barnes, the No. 2 seed going into his bracket, did not drop a single set through the tournament, capped off by a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the championship. Barnes was dominating the match from the first point, and did not trail the whole match.

The Rams had other impressive finishers as three other singles competitors played their way to championship matches.

No. 1 Gabriel Souza (SO/Teresopolis, Brazil) dropped only a total of five games on his way to the championship match. His run came up short against No. 1 seed Cole Miller from Grinnell, who came out on top of Souza 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.

No. 2 Hayden Dzurisin (FR/Crystal Lake, Ill.) also had an impressive run to the championship. Dzurisin had a tough semifinal draw, but defeated Grinnell's No. 2 for the second time this year. The championship match had a different result though, as Dzurisin fell 6-3, 6-1.

The final competitor for Cornell in the championship was No. 4 Aditya Goyal (FR/Cupertino, Calif.). Both matches for Goyal were tight headed to the championship, with the tightest match being a three set victory in the semifinals. Goyal played himself into another three set match, but could not close this one out, dropping it 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Coming up – The Rams finish their season with the MWC Doubles Championships at the Nielson Tennis Center on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison. Play begins Sunday at 8 a.m.