Sailfish Tripped Up by St. Thomas in Another Narrow Defeat

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

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the second time this week the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team was narrowly defeated by a member of the Sun Conference. After falling 5-4 to Northwood University on Tuesday, the Sailfish were defeated 5-4 again on Thursday when they hosted St. Thomas University at Gaines Park. The loss drops PBA to 2-3 on the season.

After taking the first two doubles portions of the match by the scores of 8-4 each, the Fish came just short in sweeping doubles action when Eric Wade and Evan Sahlman were defeated 9-7 in the third stretch.

Hopeful for even better results in singles, the Bobcats and Sailfish split the top four in singles as Bastian Guenther (6-2, 3-6, 6-1) and Alex Minicozzi (6-1, 0-6, 6-2) both earned wins at #2 and #4-singles respectively.

Still leading 4-3, Palm Beach Atlantic would not be able to secure the final win they needed for the match victory as Jonathan Kalis was defeated 6-1, 7-5 at #5-singles and Wade took a loss 6-1, 6-0 at #6-singles.

Looking to turn around a busy week, the Fish will battle in a pair of matches on Friday, February 25th at a neutral site in Kissimmee, Florida. PBA will battle Concordia University at 1 pm and then take on Davenport University at 6:30 pm.

St. Thomas 5, Palm Beach Atlantic 4

Doubles

#1- Atanasov/Bolanos (PBA) defeated Escarate/Etienne (STU)    8-4
#2- Guenther/Minicozzi (PBA) defeated Bache/Gayoso (STU)    8-4
#3- Acevedo/Rifkin (STU) defeated Wade/Sahlman (PBA)    9-7

Singles

#1- Escarate (STU) defeated Atanasov (PBA)     6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (12)
#2- Guenther (PBA) defeated Gayoso (STU)    6-2, 3-6, 6-1
#3- Rifkin (STU) defeated Bolanos (PBA)      6-2, 6-1
#4- Minicozzi (PBA) defeated Bache (STU)    6-1, 0-6, 6-2
#5- Acevedo (STU) defeated Kalis (PBA)     6-1, 7-5
#6- Etienne (STU) defeated Wade (PBA)     6-1, 6-0

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