PBA Tennis Teams Fall Short at Saint Leo

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

Box Score

SAINT LEO, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s and women’s tennis teams both took on Saint Leo University as counterparts on Saturday afternoon at the Saint Leo Tennis Center with the No. 7-ranked (ITA) Lions’ women prevailing 9-0 over the Sailfish and the No. 4-ranked (ITA) SLU men’s team narrowly defeating the PBA men by a 5-4 count.

The Sailfish (11-8) men’s team was leading 4-2 after doubles and the top-half of singles but the strong back-end of the Lions (16-4) lineup did enough to offset the team’s shaky play at the top.

Romain Nowaczyk and Nicolas Uryson had big days for the Sailfish as the top tandem for PBA prevailed 8-3 at No. 1-doubles while both earned wins in singles. Nowaczyk defeated No. 40-ranked Aloua Adjenak 6-4 in the opening set before Adjenak retired trailing 4-0 in the second set. Uryson, ranked No. 47 in singles, knocked off Bruno Sisti 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2-singles.

Mark Heimberger continued the trend for PBA with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3-singles as he defeated SLU’s Victor Lozier however the solid play of the Lions players at Nos. 4-6 in singles would be the difference.

On the women’s side it was a more dominant showing by the now 17-4 Lions team as they cruised through doubles play while seeing a sweep through singles. The Sailfish (14-8) best showing came at No. 5-singles where freshman Maja Jovic was defeated 4-6, 6-2, 7-3 before retiring.

The men’s team will wrap up their home schedule by hosting Barry University on Monday, April 14th at 3:30 pm.

#7 Saint Leo 9, #36 Palm Beach Atlantic University 0
04/12/14 at Saint Leo, Fla. (Saint Leo Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Coralie Pesenti (SLW) def. #49 Veena Vasquez (PBAW) 6-3, 6-1
2. #47 Anastasia Wagner (SLW) def. Yoanna Peshev (PBAW) 7-5, 6-1
3. Laura Kemkes (SLW) def. Jessica Wharton (PBAW) 6-3, 6-1
4. Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Vilja Vahatalo (PBAW) 6-0, 6-0
5. Paula Montoya (SLW) def. Maja Jovic (PBAW) 4-6, 6-2, 7-3, retired
6. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Liddy Robinson (PBAW) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Laura Kemkes/Anastasia Wagner (SLW) def. Veena Vasquez/Yoanna Peshev (PBAW) 8-1
2. Adrianna Daszkiewicz/Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Jessica Wharton/Maja Jovic (PBAW) 8-2
3. Coralie Pesenti/Paula Montoya (SLW) def. Leyla Taracena/Maria Jimenez (PBAW) 8-1

#4 Saint Leo 5, Palm Beach Atlantic University 4
04/12/14 at Saint Leo, Fla. (Saint Leo Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Romain Nowaczyk (PBAM) def. #40 Aloua Adjenak (SLM) 6-4, 4-0, retired
2. #47 Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Bruno Sisti (SLM) 6-3, 6-1
3. Mark Heimberger (PBAM) def. Victor Lozier (SLM) 6-4, 6-0
4. Oskar Nurmio (SLM) def. Asti Adams (PBAM) 7-5, 7-5
5. J. Gonzalez-Tarrio (SLM) def. Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) 6-1, 7-5
6. Fons Verberne (SLM) def. Matt Leeds (PBAM) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Romain Nowaczyk/Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Aloua Adjenak/Bruno Sisti (SLM) 8-3
2. Matt Nicholson-Lewis/Victor Lozier (SLM) def. Mark Heimberger/Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) 9-8 (10-6)
3. Ismail Lemtouni/Fons Verberne (SLM) def. Asti Adams/Kevin Reifler (PBAM) 8-6

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