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Jochem Hoefnagels won the ITA Division II West Region championship last weekend, earning his spot in the ITA Small College National Championships in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 11-14.

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October 4, 2012
Chris Duke & Jared Pine

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Jochem Hoefnagels claimed the singles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II West Regional last weekend. With the win, Hoefnagels was the first Cougar to win the tournament since 2009, when Matthijs Bolsius swept singles and doubles play at the tournament.

Although his run at the doubles title was cut short in the quarterfinals Friday evening, Hoefnagels bounced back Saturday afternoon to win a singles event for the first time in his career by defeating Fresno Pacific’s No. 4-seeded Kirill Sinitsyn, 6-2, 6-2.

Hoefnagels received some help mid-way through the singles tournament from junior Frederik Wilkens, who knocked off the tournament’s top-seeded Yevhen Zakarov of BYU Hawaii, 6-4, 5-7, 10-7. Wilkens eventually fell in the semifinals to eventual runner-up Sinitsyn in straight sets.

The Cougars represented four of the final eight remaining players in the singles tournament. Junior Ben Eger faced off against freshman Jan Meyer in the quarterfinals, which resulted in Meyer drawing Hoefnagels in the semifinals. The two had recently played together in the doubles matches the day before.

Sophomore Gary Yam and Wilkens advanced the farthest in the doubles tournament, losing in the semifinals to the No.1-seeded eventual tournament champions, Zakarov and his Martin Chonjnacki. The other Cougar doubles teams, senior Whitman Hough and Eger, along with Hoefnagels and Meyer, advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.

For Hoefnagels, the fall tournament season continues as the senior will travel to Mobile, Ala. for the 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship October 11-14 to compete against the winners of the other ITA regional tournaments across the country.