Men's and Women's Tennis End Fall on Clay
October 24, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s and women’s tennis wrapped up their fall season at the College Tennis Clay Court Championships hosted by Warner University over the weekend.
On the men’s side Rafael Lenz made a run into the Gold Draw finals, falling in three sets to the No. 2 seed Julian Turosienski. Lenz defeated the top seed Arthur Bonnaud in the second round in three sets after also winning in three sets in his first match. In doubles action Lenz was paired with Philip Hoffman and after an 8-6 win in the first round were knocked out in the semis.
Similar to Lenz, Valerie Nagovitcina made a run into the Gold Draw finals where she eventually fell to the No. 2 seed Satomi Momose in three sets. On her way to the finals she won in straight sets in her first match before knocking off the No. 4 seed in her second in three sets including 11-9 in the third. In the semis she won again in three before dropping the finals in three.
Leoni Polzin made her way into the semis winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in her first match and again in straight sets in round two. She entered as the No. 3 seed and fell to the No. 2 Momose in the semis.
In doubles play Nagovitcina and Maja Jovic won two matches in the back draw after dropping their first match.
In the men’s Navy Draw Carlos Niemeyer and Bernardo Ferreira were both able to win their first two matches before falling in the quarterfinals. Those two teamed up in doubles and after dropping their first match made a run through the back draw, winning two matches.
In the women’s Navy Draw it was a pair of Sailfish in the finals with Anna Mauro defeating Florencia Roncatti in straight sets. Roncatti knocked off the top seed in the semis in straight sets and also was winning over the No. 4 seed before she retired. Mauro took down the No. 2 seed in the semis, 6-1, 6-2 and won her other match in straight sets after getting a bye in round one. Roncatti and Michala Burns made the finals of the Navy Doubles Draw, falling 8-5 in the finals.
The Sailfish wrapped up their fall season over the weekend and will get going again in February, eligible for a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament for the first time in school history.