Two PBA Men's Doubles Tandems Move on at the Panther Invitational

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

Krasimir Atanasov (Left) and Luke Bolanos (Right) Move on to the Flight A Doubles Finals on Sunday at the Panther Invitational. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. Krasimir Atanasov (Left) and Luke Bolanos (Right) Move on to the Flight A Doubles Finals on Sunday at the Panther Invitational. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

MELBOURNE, Fla.- Wrapping up a short fall season this weekend, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s and women’s tennis teams competed at the Panther Invitational on the campus of Florida Tech. The two teams began competition on Friday afternoon by competing in doubles before preparing for singles action on Saturday and Sunday.

Joining the host FIT Panthers and the Sailfish in the field included Eckerd College and Georgia Southwestern University.

On the men’s side the Sailfish top duo of Krasimir Atanasov and Luke Bolanos teamed up for a pair of victories in Flight A as they defeated the tandems of Schmidt/Lorenz from Florida Tech by an 8-2 score and then followed that up with another 8-2 victory over the likes of Eckerd’s Fleman/Randazzo in the second round.

The tandem will take on the GSW doubles partners of Eastwood and Cangelosi on Sunday at approximately 9 am.

Also moving on was PBA’s B Flight doubles group of freshman Mick Lyons and junior Jonathan Kalis who defeated FIT’s McLane/Abarca in a tight 9-8 (4) doubles match in round one then came back for an 8-5 win over Levy/Zugelter of Eckerd College in round two.

Lyons and Kalis will now work towards another win on Sunday against GSW’s Bartz and Moore at 9 am.

The final two doubles tandem ins action on the men’s side for PBA were Giuseppe Guarnieri and Nicholas Coburn who fell in a close match against Armellino and Fieldsend of Florida Tech by an 8-6 final tally as well as Jaime Verd and Guarnieri who lost to Hill and Durley of Eckerd by an 8-5 final score.

Coburn and Verd will battle GSW’s Vansant and Bjerregaard in another Flight C matchup on Sunday at 9 am.

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