McKendree Pushes Through for Hard-Fought Win Over PBA in Men's Tennis
March 9, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
ORLANDO, Fla.- In what was a close match at nearly every turn, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team took on McKendree University (Ill.) on Tuesday afternoon as a part of their week-long Spring Break trip to Orlando. Despite some solid efforts, the Sailfish were unable to hold down McKendree as they took the match 6-3 over the #36-ranked Sailfish.
After Krasimir Atanasov and Luke Bolanos teamed up for a dominating win at #1-doubles it appeared as if the Sailfish were well on their way to another big victory. Those dreams quickly faded when MC took #2 and #3-doubles by the scores of 8-5 and 8-6 respectively.
Atanasov once again got things rolling in the right direction with a victory at #1-singles although it took the sophomore Bulgaria native three sets to earn the victory with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 come-from-behind win.
Up next stepped Alex Minicozzi at #2-singles who was defeated 6-0, 6-3 while Bolanos lost 6-2, 6-4 at #3-singles to once again put McKendree in front.
The final three games of singles action would all go to three sets with Tyler Dealy at #5-singles being the only one to earn a win at 6-2, 6-0, and 6-4. Both Frankie Moulton and Corey Kuglin were defeated.
Palm Beach Atlantic will now turn their focus to Wednesday’s matchup with Saint Cloud State University of Minnesota at 8 a.m.
PBA 3, McKendree (IL) 6
1D. Atanasov/Bolanos def. Nigmatyanov/Goncalves 8-0
2D. Moulton/Dealy lost to Toth/Gonzalez 8-5
3D. Minicozzi/Hines lost to Tsychuya/Mermerck 8-6
1. Atanasov def. Nigmatyanov 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
2. Minicozzi lost to Gonzalez 0-6, 3-6
3. Bolanos lost to Toth 2-6, 4-6
4. Moulton lost to Tsychuya 0-6, 6-4, 2-6
5. Dealy def. Goncalves 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
6. Kuglin lost to Venditto 6-4, 0-6, 6-1