PBA Falls to Rockhurst in Men's Tennis

Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant

HILTON HEAD, S.C.- Up until yesterday evening’s match against Rockhurst University, the spring break trip to Hilton Head had been all good for coach Chi Ly’s men’s tennis squad.  In their first two matches, the Fish defeated Stone Hill College and Tusculum University by a combined score of 15-3.


Rockhurst University had different intentions for the Fish, as the Missouri based Hawks handed the Sailfish a 6-3 defeat and ended PBA’s 4 match winning streak.  PBA fell behind early in the doubles matches, and the Hawks never looked back.

In doubles play, the Junior combo of Tyler Dealy and Frankie Moulton handed coach Chi Ly an impressive victory by a score of 8-5 over Rockhurst’s Adam Bales and Ryan Fields.   However, the Hawks would take two of three from the Fish to lead the match going into singles play. 

In the match of the evening, PBA superstar Krasi Atanasov battled Rockhurst’s Arturo Baravalle in an epic three set dual.  The match fit the billing of a #1 singles match, as Atanasov took a thrilling first set 7-6 and Baravalle battled back to take set two 6-4.  In a grueling third set tiebreaker, the resilient Atanasov held on to win the set 15-13 for his ninth victory in a row.
 
Feeding off of Atanasov’s thrilling three set victory, Senior John Tilton looked to make his last trip to Hilton Head a memorable one.  Going into the match, Tilton had easily won his first two matches of the trip, but he found himself in a dogfight against Rockhurst’s Ryan Fields.  Fields took the first set 6-3 and Tilton battled back to take set two 6-4.  In the third set tiebreak, Tilton laid the hammer down to take to the set 10-4 and extend his personal win streak to 5 matches. 

The Sailfish fall to 8-5 on the season, and they will back in action in Hilton Head tomorrow afternoon against St. John Fischer College.  The action will start at 11:30 a.m. and be sure to check www.pbasailfish.com for all of the match details and highlights. 

Rockhurst University 6, Palm Beach Atlantic University 3

Doubles

#1- Newell/Newell (RU) defeated Atanasov/Buerkle (PBA)  5-8
#2- Banavalle/Klintchov (RU) defeated Bolanos/Tilton (PBA)  2-8
#3- Dealy/Moulton (PBA) defeated Bales/Fields (RU)  8-5

Singles

#1- Atanasov (PBA) defeated Banavalle (RU)   7-6, 4-6, 15-13
#2- Klintchov (RU) defeated Bolanos (PBA)  6-3, 6-1
#3- Newell (RU) defeated Dealy (PBA)  6-2, 6-1
#4- Newell (RU) defeated Moulton (PBA)  6-2, 6-1
#5- Tilton (PBA) defeated Field (RU)  3-6, 6-4, 10-4
#6- Bales (RU) defeated Buerkle (PBA)  6-4, 7-6

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