Atanasov Moves on at Wilson/ITA Regional Tennis Tournament

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director

LAKELAND, Fla.- While the full season doesn’t start until the spring, a few of the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis players traveled across the state this week along with head coach Chi Ly to participate in the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championship on the campus of Florida Southern College. PBA sophomore Krasimir Atanasov, the 17th-seeded player in the field, moved on as did Atanasov and Luke Bolanos in doubles action.

Now entering his second season as the top singles player for the Sailfish, Atanasov got his sophomore campaign off to a bang on Thursday afternoon as he defeated Florida Tech’s Jon Hanna by the scores of 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. Hanna earned the right to face Atanasov after defeating Andrew Johnson from Rollins College by the score of 6-3, 6-1. Being one of the top seeds in the field, Atanasov was awarded a first-round bye.

Atanasov will now prepare for his next round opponent which will be Lynn Universities’ Willi Wolfer who earned a straight sets victory in his first round action. Wolfer is the 9th seed in the tournament.

Bolanos and senior Tyler Dealy were the other two competitors for Palm Beach Atlantic in the field however both suffered losses in their first tournament action. After receiving a first-round bye, Bolanos took on Kevin Ducros of the University of West Florida and fell victim to his Argonauts opponent by the scores of 6-4, 6-0. Dealy was defeated in a closer match against Lynn University Axel  Joachim by the scores of 7-6, 6-4.

Scheduled to play in the consolation round on Friday afternoon, Bolanos will take on Florida Southern’s own Guenther  Fercher at 12:30 p.m. while Dealy will be paired against FSC’s Brian deMontfort at 1:30 p.m.

In doubles action, Atanasov and Bolanos combined on an 8-3 win over FSC’s Bigler and Duyungan and will square off against Barry Universities’ Mokrzycki and Svigelj on Friday at 8:30.

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