Moccasins Bite too Potent for Sailfish

Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- On Tuesday afternoon, the PBA men’s tennis squad hosted Florida Southern College at Gaines Park.  In their final regular season tune-up before the NCCAA National Championships, the Sailfish looked to improve on their 14-6 record against the Moccasins.  However, Florida Southern came into the match ranked #14 nationally and had their own plans for the Fish.  From start to finish, the Moccasins dominated the match en route to 7-2 victory over the Sailfish. 

In doubles play, the Sailfish fell behind early as Florida Southern took two of three matches from the Fish.  In the #1 doubles match, Krasi Atanasov and James Buerkle lost a tough 9-7 match to Roman Schirmaier and Guenther Fercher of Florida Southern. 

The duo of Tyler Dealy and Frankie Moulton salvaged the loan victory in doubles play for the Sailfish.  Their hard fought 9-7 victory over Florida Southern’s tandem of Ben Taylor and Greg Heartt in the #3 doubles match would give the Sailfish some momentum and a glimmer of hope heading into singles play. 

The little momentum that the Sailfish generated in doubles play was quickly put to rest in singles play.  The Moccasins fit the billing of the #14 ranked team in the nation and put the Fish away by winning five of six matches in singles play. 

In the #2 singles match, Luke Bolanos dropped the first set 6-0, but Bolanos forced a third set against Fercher by dominating set two 6-2.  However, Fercher would rebound to win the third set 10-3.

Playing in his final regular season match, Senior James Buerkle picked up the loan singles victory for the Sailfish in the #6 singles match.  Buerkle capped off an outstanding regular season for the Sailfish by defeating Florida Southern’s Ray Duyungan in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.

This was the final regular season match for the Sailfish in 2009, and with the loss, the Sailfish drop to 14-7 on the season.  The Fish will have a month long layoff before they head to the NCCAA National Tournament in Marion, Indiana on May 3.  Be sure to check for all the current Sailfish tennis news and highlights. 

Florida Southern College 7, Palm Beach Atlantic University 2


#1- Schirmaier/Fercher (FSC) defeated Atanasov/Buerkle (PBA)  9-7
#2- Johnson/DeMontfort (FSC) defeated Bolanos/Tilton (PBA)  8-4
#3- Dealy/Moulton (PBA) defeated Taylor/Heartt (FSC)  9-7


#1- Schirmaier (FSC) defeated Atanasov (PBA)  6-4,6-4
#2- Fercher (FSC) defeated Bolanos (PBA)  6-0, 2-6, 10-3
#3- Bigler (FSC) defeated Dealy (PBA) 6-2, 6-2
#4- Taylor (FSC) defeated Moulton (PBA)  6-3, 6-1
#5- Heartt (FSC) defeated Tilton (PBA) 6-1, 6-2
#6- Buerkle (PBA) defeated Duyungan (FSC)  6-2, 7-5

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