Bulldog netters make All-American

By Josh Schroeder, McPherson College SID
May 24, 2017

 McPherson College tennis players Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez and Brittany Zipf have been named NAIA second-team All-Americans, the national office announced Tuesday. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee.

Fajula Rodriguez, a senior with a trio of ITA All-America honors to his credit already, earned his first NAIA honor after posting a 24-11 mark this season. He also earned NAIA All-America honorable mention in 2014 and 2015. He went 9-4 in singles, including 7-3 at the No.1 position in duals.

In doubles play, Fajula Rodriguez paired with Hector Carrillo Perales to go 15-7 with an ITA regional title and a sixth-place finish in the NAIA doubles competition at the ITA Oracle Cup last fall. The pair went 8-4 at the top doubles position in duals. Fajula Rodriguez was named the KCAC Player of the Year after leading the Bulldog men to an 11-4 record overall and a perfect 8-0 mark in KCAC play. McPherson swept the KCAC regular-season and tournament titles to advance to the NAIA Men's Tennis Championship where they dropped a 5-4 first-round decision to San Diego Christian.

Zipf, a freshman, posted a 30-9 mark overall for the Bulldog women. She went 16-4 in singles, including 9-2 at the No. 1 spot and 5-1 in KCAC duals. Zipf was 7-2 in tournament play with a runner-up finish at the ITA regional and a No. 1 flight singles title at the KCAC individual championships in the fall.

She paired with Besa Bwalya for a 14-5 mark in doubles, including a 9-3 mark at the top spot and a 6-0 record in regular-season KCAC duals. The Bulldog women went 9-3 overall, winning the KCAC regular-season and tournament titles before losing to the University of Mobile (Ala.), 5-4, in the first round of the NAIA Women's Tennis Championship last week.

The only other KCAC players on the list hail from Tabor and Bethany. Tabor's Jessica Emoto —  the KCAC Women's Player of the Year — was named a women's first-teamer, while Tabor’s Illia Filanchuk joined Fajula Rodriguez on the men's second team. Bethany's Juan Mateus received men's honorable mention.