Schnugg's NCAA run ends with defeat in doubles

TULSA, Okla. — Nate Schnugg's hopes of adding another NCAA tennis championship were dashed Thursday when he and doubles partner Jamie Hunt lost in the opening round.

Schnugg, a sophomore from Medford, helped Georgia to the team championship on Tuesday, but he lost in the opening round of singles on Wednesday, then in doubles.

Schnugg and Hunt, ranked 17th in the nation, fell to Clancy and Luke Shields of Boise State, 6-4, 6-2.

The Bulldog tandem finished the year with a 24-10 record. The two went 20-6 at the No. 1 position in dual-match play and recorded their best win of the season in the NCAA quarterfinals against Mississippi, beating No. 5 Erling Tveit and Jonas Berg.

In singles, the 17th-ranked Schnugg was beaten by Ruben Gonzales of Illinois in the round of 64 by a score of 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Triton Swim Team members Breanna Sapienza of Medford and Aaron Ghiglieri Central Point won all their individual events in the Corvallis Long Course Open last weekend.

Sami Case of Medford added two victories.

Sapienza won seven events in the 11-12-year-old age division. She was the high-point winner in her age group and notched a personal best of 4 minutes, 55.84 seconds in the 400-meter freestyle.

Ghiglieri triumphed in six events and also swam on Triton's winning 400 freestyle relay with Dash King of Ashland, Kyle Kinser of Central Point and Clark Snyder of Medford.

The relay team achieved a senior sectional time of 3:52.22, and qualified to compete at the sectional championships in Gresham in July.

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