Palm Beach Atlantic Men's Tennis Rebounds With Home Win Over FIT

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

John Tilton (Pictured) Came Through With a Hard-Fought 7-5, 7-6 (8) Victory for PBA at #6-Singles. Photo Courtesy of: Jonathan Englehardt. John Tilton (Pictured) Came Through With a Hard-Fought 7-5, 7-6 (8) Victory for PBA at #6-Singles. Photo Courtesy of: Jonathan Englehardt.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team earned their second match victory of the season on Monday afternoon as they hosted Florida Tech at Gaines Park. The Fish came out with a big 5-4 victory over the Panthers as senior James Buerkle clinched the match at #5-singles.

Palm Beach Atlantic (2-3) has had a tough go of it to start the season with a 1-3 record entering Monday’s showdown with FIT, however all three of those losses came to teams ranked in the top-10 in the nation in the NCAA Division II polls.

The Fish started things by coming away with a pair of doubles wins at number one and number three doubles followed by a number one singles victory as well.

Junior Krasimir Atanasov and freshman Luke Bolanos teamed up for the Fish at number one doubles and earned an 8-5 victory while Tyler Dealy and Buerkle were the victors for the Sailfish at number three doubles. Frankie Moulton and John Tilton matched up at number two and fell a tough 8-5 count.

After Atanasov took care of business in his singles match at number one with a tight 6-3, 7-6 (1) win over Noe Losmozos, the Panthers would proceed to take the next three singles rounds with wins coming to Jon Hanna, James McLane, and DJ Pate.

Somewhat on their heels, the Fish would regain momentum and the match as Buerkle and Tilton closed things out with victories at number five and six respectively. Buerkle’s was especially close with his win coming 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.

The Fish will be back in action later this week as they will travel to play Brandeis University on Thursday, February 19th. Match time is slated for 4 p.m.

Palm Beach Atlantic 5, Florida Tech 4


#1- Atanasov/Bolanos (PBA) defeated Losmozos/Hollis (FIT)  8-5
#2- Hanna/Kirkham (FIT) defeated Moulton/Tilton (PBA)   8-5
#3- Dealy/Buerkle (PBA) defeated McLane/Schmidt (FIT)   8-5


#1- Atanasov (PBA) defeated Losmozos (FIT)    6-3, 7-6 (1)
#2- Hanna (FIT) defeated Bolanos (PBA)     6-4, 6-2
#3- McLane (FIT) defeated Dealy (PBA)     6-3, 6-0
#4- Pate (FIT) defeated Moulton (PBA)     6-4, 6-4
#5- Buerkle (PBA) defeated Rodriguez (FIT)    6-3, 1-6, 7-5
#6- Tilton (PBA) defeated Schmidt (FIT)     7-5, 7-6 (8)

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