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Bronco tennis ties for 8th at Nationals

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute men’s tennis team earned a bid to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2019 Division I National Championships, held in Tucson, AZ on May 13-17.

In six flights of singles play and three flights of doubles, the Broncos lost only one of their first-round match-ups. This consistency netted NMMI a No. 8 finished and final national ranking, tying with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with 20 team points.

“They came in with a winning attitude as a team,” said head NMMI tennis coach Mary Jo Abney. “Their goal was to be top five in the nation, but to finish eighth was an absolute victory.  I’m proud of everyone on the team – from number one singles to number three doubles, they did a tremendous job. Their demeanor at every game and tournament has always been something that embodies the spirit of NMMI.”

Coach Abney will be moving on to start a tennis academy in San Diego next year. Chad Mann will be taking over the reins of Bronco men’s and women’s tennis. Coach Mann got the opportunity to travel with the team to Tucson for nationals.

“I feel that Chad is a very strong fit for not only being an Army veteran, but for how he coaches and encourages. The positivity that he brings to the table, I think this is exactly what these two teams need and I think he will do tremendous justice for them. He is well-experienced as a tennis pro and as a college coach.”


Complete NMMI Results
Men’s Singles

Christopher Bulus (NMMI) def. Sacha Colomban (Iowa Central) 7-5, 6-0

Toru Horle (ASA Miami) def. Christopher Bulus (NMMI) 6-2, 6-4

Emanuel Mallya (NMMI) def. Ethan Aycock (Wallace State) 6-2, 7-5

Luke Simkiss (Tyler) def. Emanuel Mallya (NMMI) 6-0, 6-0

Martins Abamu def. Eric Holmes (Hinds) 6-1, 6-1

Adriel Azucey (Eastern Florida State) def. Martins Abamu (NMMI) 6-3, 6-2

Luis Zamorano (NMMI) def. Bryce Livingston (Hinds) 6-0, 6-0

Karl Mosterd (Tyler) def. Luis Zamorano (NMMI) 6-2, 6-2

Matt Carroll (ASA Miami) def. Farid Yunes (NMMI) 6-2, 6-3

Ned Merrion (NMMI) def. James McWilliams (Jones College) 6-0, 6-1

Tomas Santantonio (ASA Miami) def. Ned Merrion (NMMI) 6-0, 6-0

Men’s Doubles

Bulus/Mallya (NMMI) def. Dwyer/Way (Iowa Central) 6-4, 3-6, 4-2Ret (inj)

Fabregas/Horie (ASA Miami) def. Bulus/Mallya (NMMI) 6-3, 6-2

Colomban/Zammit (Iowa Central) def. Abamu/Zamorano 7-5, 6-1

Merrion/Yunes (NMMI) def. Freeman/Roach (Kaskaskia) 6-1, 6-2

Edwards/Oshiro (Cowley) def. Merrion/Yunes (NMMI) 6-2, 6-2

Bronco men’s tennis results after Day 1 at Nationals

The NMMI Men’s Tennis team is tied for second place after Day one of the NJCAA D1 Tennis Championships. NMMI has only lost one match so far, which bodes well heading into Day two of the Tournament.

Men’s Singles

Mallya def. Leonaro Zacheta (USC Sumter) 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3

Abamu def. Eric Holmes (Hinds) 6-1, 6-1

Zambrano def. Bryce Livingston (Hinds) 6-0, 6-0

Merrion def. James McWilliams (Jones College) 6-0, 6-1

Men’s Doubles

Bulus/Mallya def. Dwyer/Way 6-4, 3-6, 4-2Ret (inj)

Colomban/Zammit (Iowa Central) def. Abamu/Zamorano 7-5, 6-1

Merrion/Yunes def. Freeman/Roach (Kaskaskia) 6-1, 6-2

Broncos in good position heading into day two


NMMI Sports Press

The Bronco tennis team started off strong scoring 8 points in the first day of the 2018 NJCAA Division I Men’s Nationals.

NMMI is currently tied in 8th place with Barton, Glendale, Mississippi Gulf Coast and Seminole state.

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No. 1: Christopher Bulus had a first-round bye

No. 2: Emanuel Mallya, NMMI, def. Brandon Reichel, College of Lake County, 6-1, 6-2

No. 3: Marcel Agbegne had a first-round bye

No. 4: Kukutla Motlojoa, NMMI, def. Nickalas Neal, USC Sumter, 6-0, 6-0

No. 5: Ned Marrion, NMMI, def. Bruno Deschamps, Glendale, 6-2, 6-3

No. 6: Will Swindoll, Meridian CC, def. Orlando Santillanes, NMMI, 6-0, 6-0


No.1: Bulus/Agbegne had a first-round bye

No. 2: Mallya/ Motlojoa, NMMI, def. Sotelo/Wu, Pima CC, 6-2, 6-0

No. 3: McMurdie/Mendoza, Glendale, def. Marrion/Santillanes, NMMI, 6-0. 6-2

1. Collin – 14
1. Iowa Central – 14
1. Jacksonville – 14
1. Mesa – 14
5. Harford – 10
5. Laredo – 10
5. Meridian – 10
8. Barton – 8
8. Glendale – 8
8. Mississippi Gulf Coast – 8
8. NMMI – 8
8. Seminole – 8
13. Copiah-Lincoln – 6
13. Cowley – 6
13. Eastern Florida – 6
13. Marion Military – 6
13. Pima – 6
13. USC-Sumter – 6
19. ABAC – 4
19. Hinds – 4
21. Prairie St. – 2
21. Wallace St. – 2
23. ASA Miami – 0
23. Lake County – 0
23. Seward – 0
23. Tyler – 0

Bronco Tennis brings home some hardware

The Bronco Tennis team poses with their trophy after defeating Collin College.

The NMMI Bronco Tennis team defeated Collin College to bring home the Region V Championship trophy this past weekend in Plano, TX.

This is the Broncos’ first Region V Championship for the program in 28 years.

Christopher Bulus won the singles tournament and Bulus/Marcel Agbegne won the doubles tournament.

NMMI 6, Collin 3
No. 1, Christopher Bulus, NMMI, def. Aki Wada, Collin, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2,  Emanuel Mallya, NMMI, def. Michael Matusita, Collin, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9)
No. 3,  Marcel Agbegne, NMMI, def. Ventachala, Collin, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4, Kukutla Motlojoa, NMMI, def. James Corns, Collin, 4-6, 6-6, 6-0
No. 5, Quinones, Collin, def. Ned Merrion, NMMI, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6, Thomas TOng, Collin, def. Orlando Santillanes, NMMI 6-0, 6-0

No. 1, Bulus/Agbegne, NMMI, def. Wada/Golden, Collin, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2, Mallya/Motlojoa, NMMI, def. Corns/Matusita, Collin 3-6, 6-3, (1)
No. 3, Frisbie/Tong, Collin, def. Santillanes/Merrion, NMMI, 6-2, 6-0

Bronco tennis competes against top juco players at Gene Hardman Invitational

NMMI soph Francisca Nyarko with a baseline backhand during play in her opening-round single match


Cut shot by soph Marcel Agbegne during Pool A singles play.

NMMI Sports Press

Four the top junior college tennis teams in the nation made their way to Roswell, NM for this weekend’s Gene Hardman Invitational Tournament.

Men’s and women’s teams from Collin College, NMMI, Pima Community College, and Seward County Community College converged on the NMMI campus at 7:30 am on Friday, ready for some singles and doubles action.

NMMI soph Mikayla Lopez

According to head NMMI Bronco women’s coach Dan O’Connell, the two-day tourney consists of three singles flights and one doubles flight. “Each singles flight has two players from each team, so eight total. Every player will play three singles matches, and at the end we’ll have a place for each player – first through eight. For doubles, all twelve teams, two from each school, will compete in a single bracket.”

NMMI soph Kukutla Motlojoa

Coach Connell continued with why they started hosting the Gene Hardman Invitational. “We wanted to honor a great NMMI coach, Gene Hardman, who passed away four years ago. He was a two-sport All-American cadet-student-athlete at NMMI, a Vietnam veteran, and an outstanding multi-sport coach at NMMI.

“We’re very happy to be hosting this tournament,” said head Bronco men’s coach Daniel Dominguez. “As a coach, this is my second time being involved with the Hardman Invitational, and I think we’ve already had a great opening day.”

NMMI soph Becsave Pacheco

Marcel Agbegne and Kukulta Motlojoa competed in the top men’s singles bracket for NMMI. Agbegne dropped his opening match to top-seeded Tim Lamare from Seward but came back with a win over Pima’s Cody Petford to advance to tomorrow’s 8:30 am match for 5th place. Motlojoa won his first-round match against Pima’s Francisco Sotelo, then fell in the semi-finals to Collin’s Akinori Wada. He’ll play tomorrow at 8:30 am as well, in a match for third place.

In Pool B, NMMI’s Orlando Santillanes and Ned Merrion both lost their first two matches. They’ll face each other tomorrow at 8:30 am to decide seventh place.

NMMI frosh Ned Marrion

In Pool C, NMMI’s lone contender Samuel Walsh had to withdraw due to an injury.

In men’s doubles action, Agbegne and Motlojoa teamed up. After an opening-round bye, they dropped their quarterfinals match to Seward. Tomorrow afternoon, they’ll play two matches to try and fight back for up to a fifth-place finish.

The Merrion and Santillanes tandem lost their opening doubles match to Pima, then won against a combined team from Seward and NMMI to advance to a match for ninth place tomorrow.

Overall, I think our NMMI men’s team played well today against some very tough competition,” said coach Dominguez. “We’ve definitely still got some things to learn, but at this level, playing opponents of this caliber, the experience is invaluable. Hopefully it will help us compete when we start our season next semester.”

NMMI frosh Megan Lynch

On the women’s side, both Francisca Nyarko and Mikayla Lopez won their opening matches in the Pool A singles flight, then lost in the second round. They’ll play each other tomorrow in the match for third place.

In Pool B flight singles, Megan Lynch won her first match easily, then lost 10-8 in a super tie-breaker in the second round. “She did very well against a very tough opponent from Seward,” said coach O’Connell. Lynch will play for third place tomorrow against Pima’s Emma Oropeza at 9:45 am.

Also in Pool B, NMMI’s Becsave Pacheco lost in two close sets to her first-round opponent from Pima, then fell to her second-round opponent from Seward. She’ll play Pima’s Jayme Shafer for seventh place in a match tomorrow beginning at 9:45 am.

NMMI frosh Orlando Santillanes

In Pool C, Kathy Clouthier dropped both her opener and second round matches – she’ll play Pima’s Ashley Fitzsimmons for seventh, also schedule for tomorrow at 9:45 am.

In women’s doubles, Lopez and Nyarko will play in the championship match. They had a bye in the first round, then bested Collin’s duo in the semis. They’ll face Seward’s top tandem, Patricia Panta and Steffany Bermudez tomorrow afternoon for first place.

“Our girls today did pretty well,” said coach Connell. I’m especially proud of my top double team. Franny and Mikayla are both sophomores who have done an exceptional job here at NMMI. They’re not only great tennis players who will be playing for a title tomorrow, but they’re also great students and ranking members of the Corps of Cadets.”

NMMI soph Kathy Clouthier

“What’s great about this tournament is that it allows schools to play teams they normally would be able to,” finished coach O’Connell. “The trip from Tucson, AZ (where Pima CC is located) to Liberal, KS (Seward County CC’s hometown) is more than 12 hours. But by meeting here in the middle, at NMMI, it cuts those travel times in half, and allows schools to play multiple opponents, all in one weekend trip.”

The Hardman Invitational continues tomorrow at the Institute tennis courts, with play beginning at 8:30 am. The public is invited to come out and watch some great tennis action by some of the top juco players in the nation.