Men's Tennis Overtakes Florida Tech With 6-3 Victory

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Opening up the 2008 campaign in grand fashion by welcoming out the kids and parents from First Serve as well as a tough opponent in Florida Tech, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team took care of business on Saturday afternoon while pushing to a 6-3 victory.

Pairing up teams with similar national rankings (PBA #37, FIT #39), the home-standing Fish didn’t disappoint on Saturday afternoon as they dominated early on their way to a 6-3 decision at Gaines Park in West Palm Beach.

“It was a solid showing, but we need to close our matches earlier if we hope to be a dominant team throughout the season,” said head coach Chi Ly.

Coach Ly and his veteran squad jumped out early on the visiting Panthers and never looked back.

“We dominated 1-4 in singles which is very encouraging but we must improve on the back end of our rotation to be able to compete with the elite teams of the region,” continue Ly.

Now 1-0 to start the season, PBA will look ahead to their next outing which is set to take place on February 6th when they travel to Miami Gardens, Florida for a matchup with St. Thomas University.

PBA (#37) 6, FIT (#39) 3

Doubles

#1- Brock Newton/John Tilton (PBA) defeated Pate/McClane (FIT) 8-4
#2- Paul Segodo/Frankie Moulton (PBA) defeated Hanna/Yan Rodriguez (FIT) 9-8 (4)
#3- Zahlan/Hollis (FIT) defeated Lukas Colombo/James Buerkle (PBA) 9-8 (1)

Singles

#1- Brock Newton (PBA) defeated Jon Hanna (FIT) 6-2, 6-0
#2- Paul Segodo (PBA) defeated DJ Pate (FIT) 6-4, 6-1
#3- Lukas Colombo (PBA) defeated David Fowler (FIT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
#4- Frankie Moulton (PBA) defeated Artie Pentumi (FIT) 6-2, 6-4
#5- James McLane (FIT) defeated James Buerkle (PBA) 6-3, 6-4
#6- Joel Zahlan (FIT) defeated John Tilton (PBA) 6-3, 6-4

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