Sailfish Cruise to NCCAA South Region Title in Men's Tennis

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

LAKELAND, Fla.- Dropping only a few select games along the way, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team stormed past Emmanuel College on Friday afternoon to claim the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Region championship  in dominating fashion with a 9-0 win over the Lions. The Sailfish will now compete at the NCCAA National Championships in Mobile, Alabama later this month.

Having not played a competitive match in nearly three weeks, the well rested Sailfish (9-8) produced a pair of dominating wins in doubles followed by even more consistent play by their individual players in singles action.

Krasimir Atanasov teamed with Luke Bolanos for an 8-3 win at #1-doubles while seniors Tyler Dealy and Frankie Moulton posted an 8-2 win at #2-doubles. The Fish earned a victory by default at #3-doubles.

Atanasov continued his solid work at the top of the singles order as well with a 6-1, 6-1 win while junior Alex Minicozzi posted a win in straight sets at 6-0, 6-0 for the Sailfish at #2-singles. Bolanos fired up next and registered a 6-1, 6-0 win at #3-singles while Dealy matched that feat with a 6-1, 6-0 win of his own at #4-singles.

Moulton would close things out with another straight sets win at 6-0, 6-0. Number six singles was a default win for PBA.

Five Sailfish players earned NCCAA All-Region recognition as they made up five of the six spots on the All-Region listing. Atanasov, Minicozzi, Bolanos, Dealy, and Moulton all earned honors in singles while Atanasov and Bolanos teamed up for the #1-doubles spot on the All-Region listing while Dealy and Moulton were the #2-singles recepients.

PBA  9  Emmanuel  0

1D.  Atanasov/Bolanos  def.  Lanier/Lynch 8-3
2D.  Dealy/Moulton def. Hang/Whitehead 8-2
3D.  Minicozzi/Hines def.  Brown/___ def.

1S.  Atanasov def.  Lanier 6-1, 6-1
2S.  Minicozzi def.  Lynch 6-0, 6-0
3S.  Bolanos def.  Hang  6-1, 6-0
4S.  Dealy def.  Whitehead 6-1, 6-0
5S.  Moulton def.  Brown 6-0, 6-0
6S.  Hines def.  _______ def.

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