PBA Tops Howard Payne in First Action Over Spring Break

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

ORLANDO, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s tennis team began their spring break week in fine fashion on Saturday evening as they handed Howard Payne University (Tex.) an 8-1 loss as both teams met in a neutral site match. The Fish won all six singles games on their way to a dominating win over HPU in their first of six matches in Orlando during the week.

Krasimir Atanasov and Luke Bolanos teamed up for their usual good play at #1-doubles and posted an 8-2 win to put PBA on top. After the Sailfish #2-doubles team took a loss 8-5, junior Alex Minicozzi and Corey Kuglin fired back with an 8-6 win at #3-doubles to keep the Fish in control.

While two of the singles went to three sets, the Sailfish as a team held strong to close out the dominating win.

Atanasov posted 6-1, 6-2 victories at #1-singles while Minicozzi was pushed to three sets at #2-singles with a 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 win. Bolanos kept the Sailfish rolling at #3-singles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory followed by senior Frankie Moulton following suit with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at #4-singles.

Tyler Dealy and Nick  Hines closed things out for the Blue and White at #5 and #6-singles respectively with Dealy winning 6-0, 6-2 and Hines holding on for a 6-2, 0-6, 10-8 win.

The Fish will be back on the court on Monday, March 8th when they square off against Minnesota State-Mankato for an 8 a.m. match.

PBA 8, Howard Payne University 1

1D. Atanasov/Bolanos def. Martinez/Sutton 8-2
2D. Moulton/Dealy lost to Sidman/Borjas 5-8
3D. Minicozzi/Kuglin def. Toyne/Prather 8-6

1S. Atanasov def. Martinez 6-1, 6-2
2S. Minicozzi def. Sutton 5-7, 6-4, 10-5
3S. Bolanos def. Toyne 6-1, 6-3
4S. Moulton def. Sidman 6-4,6-3
5S. Dealy def. Borjas 6-0,6-2
6S. Hines def. Thomas 6-2,0-6,10-8

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