Great Showing For PBA Tennis To Open Fall

Written By: Kyler Ludlow

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic tennis was in action over the weekend at the Panther Tennis Invitational hosted by Florida Tech. Both the men’s and women’s teams had successful showings despite the rain erasing Saturday’s competition.

On the men’s side, Mark Heimberger and Asti Adams won their doubles flight after defeating FIT’s duo in the finals 8-6. The pairing defeated Webber International’s Firmiano Filho and Oscar Alvares 8-1 to start the round, then Eckerd College’s Stephen Felman and Nikita Valuiskikh by an 8-4 score.

Romain Nowaczyk and Nicolas Uryson lost in the finals of their doubles flight, falling 8-6 to Eckerd’s Yosua Adiyasa and Frazier Springfield. The PBA duo took down Webber International’s Rodrigo Santibenez and Mislav Colak in a hard-fought 9-8 victory in the first round, then defeated FIT’s Patrick Hernandez and Wade Ball 8-5 in round two.

PBA’s final doubles pairing of Nicholas Battistini and Matthew Leeds were victorious in their first round matchup against Victor Zapparoli and Patricio Henning of Webber International, but then fell against their next two opponents.

In singles, Nowaczyk, Heimberger, Adams, Battistini, Leeds, and Fernando Arroyo were all victorious in their first singles match, but rain canceled the rest of the singles’ round-robin tournament.

The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s side saw similar success on the day, with Veena Vasquez and Valeria Nagovitcina winning their doubles flight against teammates Yoanna Peshev and Maja Jovic. The number one pairing for the Sailfish took down Eastern Florida State’s combo of Isabella Sella and Linn Sorman 8-2 to open up, then won round two 9-7 over Florida Tech’s Natasa Vukovic and Kayla Hergott.

PBA’s number two pairing of Peshev and Jovic earned their trip to the finals by taking down FIT’s team of Chloe Chanley and Erin Egoroff by an 8-5 tally, then upending Florida State College of Jacksonville pair Olivia Rolle and Michelle Chemaly 8-2.

Ani Reich and Sammi Grim also won their first match against Florida Tech’s Katie Close and Mandy Lam 8-3, but fell 8-5 in the second round to the University of Tampa. They did bounce back to win their final match 8-3 over FSCJ partners Krista Tyson and Shannon Donaldson.

Just like the men’s side, only a few of the singles matches were played due to inclement weather. Veena Vazquez, Valerie Nagovitcina and Yoanna Peshev were all victorious in their first round of play, but did not see the court again because of rain.

Coach Chi Ly will have his squads back on the court this coming weekend for the ITA South Region championship hosted by Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

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