Sailfish Send Walsh Back to the Cold With 7-2 Defeat

Written By: Ron Kotouch, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID Grad. Asst.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - After dropping their last match to Flagler College, Chi Ly’s men’s tennis squad looked to rebound against the Cavs of Walsh University in Kissimmee, Florida on Wednesday evening.  The Fish have enjoyed traveling to upstate so far this season, as they defeated Brandeis University in Orlando a few weeks ago. 



Visiting from blustery Canton, Ohio, Walsh University’s trip to Orlando was part of the team’s spring break, and the Cavs concluded the trip with a matchup against the Sailfish.  Unfortunately for Walsh, the Fish continued their Orlando success and sent the Cavs back to the 20 degree weather of Canton on a bitter note. 

The Sailfish dominance started in the doubles matches, and they never let go of their strangle hold.  In the doubles matches, coach Chi Ly paired veteran experience with youthful exuberance.  The dynamic duos of Freshman Krasi Atanasov/Junior Tyler Dealy, Freshman Luke Bolanos/ Senior James Buerkle, and Senior John Tilton/Freshman Nick Hines proved to be too much for Walsh.  The Sailfish controlled the matches from start to finish and outscored the Cavs by a total of 24-13. 

Capitalizing on the momentum of doubles play, the Fish took four of six singles matches from the Cavs to close out the match and dashed any hopes of a cheerful trip back to Canton.  Krasi Atanasov continued his solid #1 play by defeating Diego Yung in commanding fashion 6-2, 6-2 and extended his match win streak to five. 

Teammates Luke Bolanos (6-2, 6-3), John Tilton (6-2, 6-2), and Nick Hines (6-4, 1-6, 6-4) had strong performances against Walsh opponents to give the Fish a 7-2 match victory and a 5-4 record overall record on the season. 

The Sailfish will be in action again at home on Thursday, March 5 against St. Vincent’s College of Pennsylvania at 5:00 pm.  Visit www.PbaSailfish.com for all of the match details and highlights. 

Palm Beach Atlantic University 7, Walsh University 2

Doubles

#1- Atanasov/Dealy (PBA) defeated G. Innes/M. Innes (WU)    8-5
#2- Bolanos/Buerkle (PBA) defeated Esber/Yung (WU)    8-3
#3- Tilton/Hines (PBA) defeated Mihajlovic/Kugler (WU)   8-5

Singles

#1- Atanasov (PBA) defeated Yung (WU)   6-2, 6-2
#2- Bolanos (PBA) defeated G. Innes (WU)   6-2, 6-3
#3- M. Innes (WU) defeated Dealy (PBA)   7-6, 6-3
#4- Esber (WU) defeated Buerkle (PBA)   7-5, 5-7, 6-3
#5- Tilton (PBA) defeated Kugler (WU)   6-2, 6-2
#6- Hines (PBA) defeated EiLander (WU)   6-4, 1-6, 6-4

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