MOBILE, Ala. -- Jochem Hoefnagels took fifth place in the ITA Small College Singles Championship this past weekend, winning two-of-three matches in a field that featured eight of the top players in NCAA Division II.
Hoefnagels entered the National Championship unseeded after winning the singles title at Cal State Los Angeles on Sept. 29, which qualified him for the eight-man tournament and earned him an opening round match against the No. 2 seed Hans Hach.
Hach, who was the eventual runner-up, bumped Hoefnagels into the consolation bracket after winning a second set tiebreaker to beat the Asten, Netherlands native 6-3, 7-6 (5).
In his first match of the consolation bracket Hoefnagels faced Andy Blair, who entered the tournament as the Midwest Region’s singles champion. Hoefnagels battled out a tight first set against Blair, winning 7-5 in a tiebreaker. The two players then split the first 10 games of the second set before Hoefnagels eventually broke Blair to set up the 7-5 victory.
On Saturday Hoefnagels played Ouachita Baptist’s Kenny Brasil the final round of the consolation bracket. Hoefnagels took an early break lead in the first set just before Brasil retired from the match trailing 3-1, conceding fifth place to the Cougars’ top singles player.