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Poised for Success

Tennis champ brings winning momentum

Guanarteme Nuez

Guanarteme Nuez

Entering his senior year and final season for men’s tennis, Guanarteme Nuez is making waves throughout the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) as one of the league’s top athletes. Nuez was named the 2017‑18 SBC Player of the Year after earning a trip to the NCAA Singles Championships and a 25‑7 record in singles.

The fall tournament slate was just as impressive, with Nuez earning his way into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Main Draw, a feat achieved by only one other Maverick tennis player in program history. Nuez earned invitations to the prestigious ITA Master’s Tournament in Malibu, California, and leads a tennis team that is hoping to replicate its 2016 magic of winning the SBC championship and making a run into the NCAA Tournament once again.

This time around, Nuez will be going to battle with Mauricio Del Rio and Enrique Pardo in the team’s top three singles spots. The group was all part of the Sun Belt All-Conference selection list and had wins against nationally ranked opponents in 2017‑18.

“Nuez has been a leader for this squad since day one,” Coach Diego Benitez says. “He plays at a very high level in every match and faces some of the top competition in the team’s No. 1 singles position. His fall play only showed his potential against tough competition, and he has really stepped up his leadership role this year.”

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