Sailfish Tennis Weekend Roundup

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

WINTER PARK, Fla.- As annual competitors in the C.L. Varner Memorial Invitational, the Palm Beach Atlantic University tennis teams are presented an opportunity to refine their skills in the fall as they prepare for their championship season in the spring. A number of Sailfish individuals performed well for both the men’s and women’s squads with junior Krasimir Atanasov reaching the quarterfinals in the men’s singles main draw.

Now in his third year of holding down the #1-singles position for the Fish, Atanasov performed very well at the C.L. Varner Memorial Invitational that is annually hosted by Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Atanasov opened up play as the #5-seed in the men’s singles main draw where he defeated a pair of tough opponents on Friday. Atanasov began play by defeating the likes of Kurt Thein of Barry University by a 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 game tally then fired back with another win later in the day against the likes of Matt Nicholson-Lewis of Saint Leo  University by a 6-0, 6-1 dominating win.

Daniel Regan of Armstrong Atlantic University would end Atanasov’s run in the quarterfinals as he dropped the first set 6-3 then stormed back with a 6-2 win and a 10-4 tiebreaker to take the match. Regan has moved on to earn a spot in the championship match versus his AAU teammate Mikk Irdoja on Monday.

Junior Luke Bolanos was defeated in his opening round matchup by Levan Clark of Florida A & M University by a 6-0, 6-1 mark but fought hard to make it back through the backdraw later in the tournament. He would defeat Florida Southern College’s Benoit Paradis to stay alive.

Sophomore Jonathan Kalis would go on to win his first round in the flight B “Gold” as he took down Rollins own Hien Nguyen by a 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 win. He would lose to Christopher Mattson of Lander University in the next round.

Other male competitors for the Fish included newcomers such as Cole Conley, Eric Wade, Evan Sahlman, Jamie Verd, as well as senior Alex Minicozzi.

On the women’s side, sophomore Jordan Ittersagen earned a first-round victory as she defeated Stephanie Dohner of Florida tech by the scores of 6-4, 6-1 but would then be defeated by Allie Steele from Rollins College by a 6-1, 6-0 final score.

Other ladies competing for PBA included Krishna Domenech, Natalia Trotter, and Jessica Wharton.

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