Sailfish Silence the Roar of the Lions in Men's Tennis
April 4, 2009
Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant
SAINT LEO, Fla.- On Saturday afternoon, the Sailfish men’s tennis team traveled to Saint Leo University to take on the Lions in a NCAA South Region battle. Looking to improve on an already solid season, the Sailfish took the momentum early in doubles play and never looked back. The Fish left Saint Leo with a dominating 7-2 victory and are now 14-6 on the season.
To start the match, the dynamic duos of Krasi Atanasov/Luke Bolanos and Tyler Dealy/Frankie Moulton gave the Fish an early 2-0 lead by dominating Lions opponents 8-5 and 8-4. The Lions were able to salvage the #3 doubles match, but still trailed the match 2-1 going into singles play.
As usual, Sailfish standout Krasi Atanasov got the Sailfish rolling in the #1 singles match with a dominating performance over St. Leo’s Yves Jacobs. Atanasov’s 6-1, 6-4 victory ignited a Sailfish flame that would burn Lions opponent for the remainder of singles play. The Fish would soon take four out of the next five matches en route to a 5-1 record in singles play.
Tyler Dealy (6-1, 6-2), John Tilton (6-2, 6-1), and Nick Hines (6-4, 6-2) flashed brilliant play in their dominating straight set victories to put the match away for the Fish. Junior Frankie Moulton played in the only three set match of the day. Moulton dropped the first set 6-0 to St. Leo’s Jose Morales, but completely switched around his fortunes by winning sets two and three 6-1, 6-2.
With the victory, the Sailfish are now 14-6 on the season. The Fish will be back in action at home on Tuesday afternoon against the Moccasins of Florida Southern College. The action will start at 3:00 pm. Be sure to check www.PbaSailfish.com for all the match details and highlights.
Palm Beach Atlantic University 7, St. Leo University 2
#1- Atanasov/Bolanos (PBA) defeated Jacobs/MacLachlan (SLU) 8-5
#2- Dealy/Moulton (PBA) defeated Sheets/Calloway (SLU) 8-4
#3- Timotes/Morales (SLU) defeated Tilton/Hines (PBA) 8-4
#1- Atanasov (PBA) defeated Jacobs (SLU) 6-1, 6-4
#2- MacLachlan (SLU) defeated Bolanos (PBA) 6-4, 6-0
#3- Dealy (PBA) defeated Timotes (SLU) 6-1, 6-2
#4- Moulton (PBA) defeated Morales (SLU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
#5- Tilton (PBA) defeated Sheets (SLU) 6-2, 6-1
#6- Hines (PBA) defeated Calloway (SLU) 6-4, 6-2