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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.

Bronco tennis hoping for individual success at nationals

Left to right: Gabriel Atteh, Kukutla Mutlojoa, Coach Daniel Dominguez, Marcel Agbegne and Noureldin Adam

Left to right: Gabriel Atteh, Kukutla Mutlojoa, Coach Daniel Dominguez, Marcel Agbegne and Noureldin Adam

NMMI Sports Press

Plano, Texas — The Bronco men’s tennis team battled adversity from the start of this year’s season, but despite only having four players on the squad — and only three after an injury to No. 1 player Noureldin Adam, NMMI came close to winning as many matches as they lost, including the regional title vs. Collin College.

“Although we didn’t win the match, we were close,” said first-year head coach Daniel Dominguez.

Adam won the individual regional title with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Daniel Stormon, while No. 2 doubles Marcel Agbegne and Atteh Gabriel, both freshmen from Ghaha, won 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Adam and Kukutla Mutlojoa, a freshman from Lestoho, lost a tough 6-4, 7-5(5) No. 1 doubles match. Mutlojoa lost at No. 2 singles 6-3, 7-5 and No. 4 Gabriel just missed in a 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 loss.

With only four players on the team, that meant three matches automatically went to the opposing squad, and that, Dominguez said, was the story of the season, with three 5-4 losses and one 6-3.

A fifth player expected to arrive in December never made it to the Institute, and had he been there, said girls coach Dan O’Connell,”there would have been a great chance we would have won, because that kid was a pretty good player. So with four players they did exceptional.”

Dominguez agreed.

“Even though we only had four players, I think those four players made up for the other three matches we couldn’t play,”

Atteh arrived in January and had a tough time of it at No. 4, but gave it a great effort, the coach said.

Agbegne won the team award for “most improved player,” with one thrilling match highlighting the season.

“I think the biggest highlight for him was when we played Tyler in Oklahoma. He was able to win a match at the No. 3 position against Tyler, which is the No. 1 junior college in the nation,” the coach said.

That was the only win for the Broncos in that March 31 match against the nation’s top team.

Mutlojoa was awarded the most inspirational award for the season, as the Lesotho native played a finesse game.

“What we like about him as a player is he’s the most consistent player, as far as being out there on the court; keeping balls on the court,” Dominguez said. “The downside of it is he sometimes gets overpowered by players, but that’s not a bad thing. He’s only a freshman and I think he’s going to continue to get stronger as he plays more matches.”

At No. 1, Adam, a sophomore from Sudan who finished All-American last season, was the only returner on the squad. He went 9-5 in singles and 7-5 in doubles despite what could have been a career-ending injury after a singles match at Collin College in mid-February.

“He’s had a couple of tough losses, but I think the fact he was out last semester for a five week period after he had just won the Collin Invite, I think he has bounced back,” Dominguez said. “Not sure I can say he has bounced back up to his top level, but I think he’s doing well considering.”

Adam went 3-3 in both singles and doubles after the injury and earned the NMMI overall “Most Inspirational Bronco” award as well as team MVP.

“This kid overcame a lot,” the coach said. Adam ended the regular season ranked No. 13 nationally and moved up to No. 9 after his regional victory.

The Broncos head back to Plano for the NJCAA men’s national championships May 15-19, and it’ll be an interesting return for Dominguez, who played on a NMMI squad in which every player earned points. He’s hopeful but not sure that will happen this year.

“Obviously as a coach you always want to push your players to do their best, but I think the level now is a little tougher than when I was playing,” he said. “Even though we have good chances for the four guys to win matches, I think the level is a little different now.”

He’d really like to see Adam match his 2016 finish.

“I think Adam, if he’s playing his best, he can achieve All-American status again this year. And maybe him and Kukula at doubles as well.”

All four players will go to Texas, jumping on a bus the minute graduation is over.

Region V tournament results

Collin College 7, NMMI 2

No. 1

(13) Noureldin Adam, NMMI, def. (30) Daniel Stormon, CCC, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 2
James Corns, CCC, def. Kukutla Motlojoa, NMMI, 6-3, 7-5
No. 3
Akinori Wada, CCC, def. Marcel Agbegne, NMMI, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4
Emilio Chavez, CCC, def. Atteh Gabriel, NMMI, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
No. 5   Never Scheduled (Incomplete Lineup)
No. 6   Never Scheduled (Incomplete Lineup)

New Bronco men’s tennis coach has NMMI roots

HeadCoachDannyDominguezKaren Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

The new Bronco men’s head tennis coach has a lot in common with his predecessor, which is a big plus for the program.

William O’Connell, who left the position after the successful spring 2016 program to further his education as well as play more himself, was a former New Mexico Military Institute netter who played two years under coach Gene Hardman, then went on to play at a four-year school.

New head coach Daniel Dominguez is also a NMMI alum, who played in 2007 and ’08 under Hardman. Those Bronco squads qualified for nationals both seasons and were ranked in the top 10 in 2008.

Daniel Dominguez playing in a singles match as part of the 2008 Bronco men's tennis team.

Daniel Dominguez playing in a singles match as part of the 2008 Bronco men’s tennis team.

The El Paso native then played at DII Western New Mexico University, where the Mustangs won the Rocky Mountain Conference championship in 2008, ’09 and ’10, reaching the NCAA final eight in 2011.

All that is very good news for the Bronco squad.

“I’m very pleased we were able to fill some of the big shoes we just lost with somebody of equal caliber who has a good background in tennis and is an alumnus of the school,” said athletic director Jose Barron. “I’m very excited to have him on board.”

Dominguez is equally excited to be back at his alma mater.

“My experience here at NMMI remains one of the best times ever, so coming here is really an honor,” he said. “I’m happy to be back here as a staff member and I’m going to do my best.”

The coach will be working with O’Connell for a week or so while he learns the ropes, and hopes to learn from Lady Bronco head coach Dan O’Connell as well.

“I’m going to try to learn as much as I can from what he does, then try to make the program into my own,” he said.

Dominguez only met his team for the first time Monday afternoon, but from what Dan O’Connell told him, he’s excited about his new charges.

“I think I’ve got a good group of kids, and Dan’s trying to get a couple more kids coming in for the spring, so I think we’ll have a strong team,” he said.

And Barron thinks the school has a good coach.

“He brings a lot of historical knowledge about the program and a lot of the expectations in many regards with him. And, of course, the program will be his and he’ll be able to give his own spin to it.”

Dominguez, O’Connell and both Bronco squads will see their first fall action Sept. 3 and 4 at the 18th annual Southeastern New Mexico Open at Cahoon Park.