Sailfish Make Easy Work of Saint Leo in Men's Tennis Action

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

James Buerkle (Pictured) Earned a Solid 7-5, 6-1 Victory at #4-Singles for the Fish. Photo Courtesy of: Jonathan Englehardt. James Buerkle (Pictured) Earned a Solid 7-5, 6-1 Victory at #4-Singles for the Fish. Photo Courtesy of: Jonathan Englehardt.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Bouncing back to a tough defeat on the road in their season opener on Thursday to the likes of #2-ranked Barry University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team put together a much better all-around performance as they cruised to a 7-2 victory over Saint Leo University on Friday afternoon at Gaines Park.

After a solid effort at #1-singles against Barry University on Thursday, PBA newcomer Krasimir Atanasov came back on Friday for a more enjoyable 6-1, 6-3 defeat of his counterpart Pablo Chavez. Fellow newcomer Luke Bolanos also posted his first victory of the young season with a 6-2, 6-2 #2-singles win.

Junior Tyler Dealy was the only PBA player to fall in singles as Richard MacLachlan defeated Dealy in a tight contest of 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Frankie Moulton, James Buerkle, and John Tilton all earned victories in singles as well.

In doubles action it was Atanasov and Bolanos teaming up for an 8-5 victory over the duo of Jaocbs and MacLachlan at #1-doubles. Chavez and Morales of SLU came away with an 8-4 victory over PBA’s Dealy and Tilton at #2-doubles before Buerkle and newcomer Nick Hines partnered for an 8-1 victory at #3-doubles.

Now 1-1 in regular season play, the Sailfish will host top-ranked Lynn University in their next match as they square off against the Knights on February 11th beginning with a 3 p.m. start time.

PBA 7, Saint Leo University 2

Doubles

#1- Atanasov/Bolanos (PBA) defeated Jacobs/MacLachlan (SLU)   8-5
#2- Chavez/Morales (SLU) defeated Dealy/Tilton (PBA)   8-4
#3- Buerkle/Hines (PBA) defeated Hmsaham/Caloway (SLU)  8-1

Singles

#1- Atanasov (PBA) defeated Chavez (SLU)     6-1, 6-3
#2- Bolanos (PBA) defeated Jacobs (SLU)     6-2, 6-2
#3- MacLachlan (SLU) defeated Dealy (PBA)    7-6 (4), 7-5
#4- Moulton (PBA) defeated Frinotes (SLU)     6-2, 6-4
#5- Buerkle (PBA) defeated Morales (SLU)     7-5, 6-1
#6- Tilton (PBA) defeated Hamsaham (SLU)    6-1, 6-1
 

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