Another Hilton Head Victory for Men's Tennis
March 12, 2009
Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant
HILTON HEAD, S.C.- The Sailfish got back to their winning ways yesterday against St. John Fisher College with a 9-0 victory. On Thursday morning, the Fish battled Olivet Nazarene and came away with a 6-3 victory to improve their spring break record to 4-1.
The Sailfish now sit five matches above .500 with a 10-5 record and are playing their best tennis of the season. After Thursday morning’s match against the Sailfish, the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene can attest to the stellar play of the Fish.
The Sailfish jumped on the Tigers early in doubles play by taking two of three matches and establishing an early lead that they would never relinquish. Krasi Atanasov and James Buerkle got things started in the #1 doubles match with a dominating 8-0 victory over Mirko Perkisich and Victor Mesquita of Olivet Nazarene.
Tyler Dealy and Frankie Moulton followed the impressive performance of their teammates with a hard fought 9-7 victory of their own in the #3 doubles match.
In singles play, the Sailfish put the match away with three straight victories over Tigers opponents. Krasi Atanasov extended his match win streak to eleven with his 6-2, 6-2 victory. Luke Bolanos (6-4, 6-4) and Tyler Dealy (6-3, 6-4) followed with straight victories to put the match out of reach for the Sailfish.
Continuing a memorable senior campaign at Hilton Head, John Tilton played in another epic three set match, as he defeated Mark Bell of Olivet Nazarene in the #5 singles match. Tilton easily took the first set 6-2, but dropped set two 2-6. Tilton was able to regain his form and win the third set tiebreaker 10-6 to take the match and extended his match win streak to seven.
The Sailfish are now four for five on their spring break trip. On the season they are 10-5, and they will close out their Hilton Head trip tomorrow morning against Dickinson College. Be sure to check www.pbasailfish.com for all of the match details and highlights.
Palm Beach Atlantic University 6, Olivet Nazarene 3
1D. Atanasov/Buerkle (PBA) def. Perkisich/Mesquita (ON) 8-0
2D. Nleya/Esquptini (ON) def. Bolanos/Tilton (PBA) 8-4
3D. Dealy/Moulton (PBA) def. Beu/Moriya (ON) 9-7
1. Atanasov (PBA) def. Perkisich (ON) 6-2, 6-2
2. Bolanos (PBA) def. Esquptini (ON) 6-4, 6-4
3. Dealy (PBA) def. Nleya (ON) 6-3, 6-4
4. Moriya (ON) def. Moulton (PBA) 5-7,2-6
5. Tilton (PBA) def. Beu (ON) 6-2, 2-6, 10-6
6. Mesquita (ON) def. Buerkle (PBA) 2-6, 4-6