PBA Tennis Teams Deliver Pair of Upsets Against Nationally-Ranked Wingate

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s and women’s tennis teams each knocked off their opponent on Friday afternoon in Wingate (S.C.) University with both teams claiming 5-4 wins over the nationally-ranked Bulldogs’ tennis teams. The No. 38-ranked Sailfish women’s team upset the No. 29-ranked Bulldogs while the PBA men’s squad took down No. 42-ranked Wingate as well.

Both matches saw the Sailfish winning 2-1 after doubles as the ‘Fish proved superior at both No. 1 and No. 2-doubles each time through.

In singles, the big wins came up and down the lineup for both the men’s and women’s teams with clutch come-from-behind wins at No. 5-singles for both Sailfish teams. Maja Jovic fought back after a 5-7 loss in the first set in her match versus Morgan Winston to come away with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win while Nicholas Battistini on the men’s side shook off a first set loss of 4-6 to win back-to-back sets of 6-4, 6-4.

Both teams also needed big late wins in doubles with the No. 1-doubles duo of Veena Vasquez and Yoanna Peshev combining for a 9-8 (7-5) tie-breaker win while Mark Heimberger and Battistini managed an identical 9-8 (7-5) tie-breaker win on the men’s side at No. 2-doubles.

 The PBA men will wrap up their long Spring Break trip with a match against Monmouth University at 7 pm on Friday evening while the women will put the finishing touches on an undefeated spring break swing by taking on Wesleyan (Conn.) University on Saturday at 11:30 am.

#38 Palm Beach Atlantic University 5, #29 Wingate 4
03/14/14 at Orlando, Fla. (Lake Cane Courts)

Singles competition

1. Veena Vasquez (PBAW) def. Ali Evers (WU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Yoanna Peshev (PBAW) def. Caroline Holland (WU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Becca Thomas (WU) def. Jessica Wharton (PBAW) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
4. Layla Tanik (WU) def. Vilja Vahatalo (PBAW) 6-3, 6-3
5. Maja Jovic (PBAW) def. Morgan Winston (WU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
6. Tiffany Williams (WU) def. Liddy Robinson (PBAW) 6-1, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Veena Vasquez/Yoanna Peshev (PBAW) def. Ali Evers/Becca Thomas (WU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Jessica Wharton/Maja Jovic (PBAW) def. Layla Tanik/Tiffany Williams (WU) 8-5
3. Morgan Winston/Caroline Holland (WU) def. Vilja Vahatalo/Liddy Robinson (PBAW) 8-2

Palm Beach Atlantic University 5, #42 Wingate 4
03/14/14 at Orlando, Fla. (Lake Cane Courts)

Singles competition

1. Romain Nowaczyk (PBAM) def. Neal Towlson (WU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Sebastian Hall (WU) def. Mark Heimberger (PBAM) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Fillippo Pezzoli (WU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Connor Kudrick (WU) def. Asti Adams (PBAM) 6-1, 6-4
5. Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) def. Tyler Schofer (WU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Ryan Forbes (WU) def. Matt Leeds (PBAM) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Romain Nowaczyk/Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Neal Towlson/Sebastian Hall (WU) 8-4
2. Mark Heimberger/Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) def. Ryan Forbes/Connor Kudrick (WU) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Fillippo Pezzoli/Tyler Schofer (WU) def. Matt Leeds/Kevin Reifler (PBAM) 8-2

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