Men's Tennis Breezes Through Opening Day of Competition at NCCAA National Tournament

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

Box Score

MOBILE, Ala.- The Sailfish men’s tennis team shook off any potential rust on Tuesday when they battled a pair of opponents in the opening round of the NCCAA National Tournament from the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. Palm Beach Atlantic had not played a match since April 19th but found their stride early on as they defeated Indiana Wesleyan University and Campbellsville University by the scores of 5-1 and 5-0 respectively.

PBA improves their overall record to 14-10 on the year while marching on to day two of the NCCAA National Tournament on Wednesday. The ‘Fish will take on McMurry University at 9 am to wrap up pool play.

Against Indiana Wesleyan the Sailfish managed two win at Nos. 1 and 3-doubles to stake themselves to an early lead before winning or at worst leading each of their singles matchups. With postseason play seeing each of the sets concluded once a match is in hand the team didn’t need to go further than the minimum five wins.

Romain Nowaczyk and Nicolas Uryson continued to impress at No. 1-doubles for PBA as they came away with an 8-4 win while Asti Adams and Kevin Reifler remained a reliable pair at No. 3-doubles with a tight 9-8 (7-5) victory.

In singles it was once again Nowaczyk at the top as he defeated Kyle Johnson by a score of 6-0, 6-2 with Johnson entering play as the No. 28-ranked singles player by the ITA within the NAIA ranks.

Uryson earned a 5-0 lead at No. 2-singles before his opponent retired due to injury while Adams rounded out the wins for PBA with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 4-singles.

Against Campbellsville it was once again a dominant performance by the PBA men as they came away with a 5-0 victory over the Tigers.

The team’s doubles pairs rolled through their opponents including Mark Heimberger and Nicholas Battistini coming in for an 8-3 win at No. 2-doubles while Heimberger (6-1, 6-0) and Adams (6-2, 6-4) led the team to the 5-0 sweep with wins at Nos. 4 and 5-singles respectively.

Campbellsville entered play with a No. 22 national ranking as a team by the ITA within the NAIA ranks.

#44 Palm Beach Atlantic University 5, Indiana Wesleyan University 1
05/06/14 at Mobile, Ala. (Copeland-Cox Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #50 Romain Nowaczyk (PBAM) def. #28 Kyle Johnson (IWU) 6-0, 6-2
2. Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Brandon Dubuque (IWU) 5-0, retired
3. Mark Heimberger (PBAM) vs. Leonard Matthews (IWU) 6-1, 5-3, unfinished
4. Asti Adams (PBAM) def. Danel Smith (IWU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) vs. Adam Wroughton (IWU) 7-5, unfinished
6. Matt Leeds (PBAM) vs. Kamen Tabor (IWU) 7-5, 3-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #19 Romain Nowaczyk/Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Kyle Johnson/Brandon Dubuque (IWU) 8-4
2. Adam Wroughton/Danel Smith (IWU) def. Mark Heimberger/Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) 8-5
3. Asti Adams/Kevin Reifler (PBAM) def. Kamen Tabor/Leonard Matthews (IWU) 9-8 (7-5)


#44 Palm Beach Atlantic University 5, #22 Campbellsville University 0
05/06/14 at Mobile, Ala. (Copeland-Cox Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #50 Romain Nowaczyk (PBAM) vs. #48 Alejandro Soriano (CU) 6-1, 0-6, 8-5, unfinished
2. Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) vs. Sebastian Marot (CU) 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
3. Mark Heimberger (PBAM) def. Johan Fuzellier (CU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Asti Adams (PBAM) def. Parker Jones (CU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) vs. Eduardo Mendoza (CU) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
6. Matt Leeds (PBAM) vs. Alfredo Bencid (CU) 6-2, 5-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #19 Romain Nowaczyk/Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. Sebastian Marot/Zach Baulch (CU) 8-3
2. Mark Heimberger/Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) def. Alejandro Soriano/Noah Swencki (CU) 8-3
3. Asti Adams/Kevin Reifler (PBAM) def. Parker Jones/Johan Fuzellier (CU) 9-7

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