PBA Men's Tennis Storms Through Day One at the NCCAA National Championships

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Krasimir Atanasov (Pictured) Earned Dominating Victories in Singles While Pairing with James Buerklel for Victories in Doubles. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Krasimir Atanasov (Pictured) Earned Dominating Victories in Singles While Pairing with James Buerklel for Victories in Doubles. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

MARION, Ind.- Not dropping a set, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team appears poised to make a deep run at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships as they began pool play on Tuesday with two dominating 5-0 victories over the likes of Emmanuel College and Taylor University.

Looking to avenge their last trip to the NCCAA Championships in 2007 where the Sailfish finished as the runner-up, they wasted no time in getting off to a good start in 2009.

Newcomers Krasimir Atanasov and Luke Bolanos did what they’ve done for much of the season for head coach Chi Ly and that is set the tone at the top for PBA. Atanasov paired with senior James Buerkle at #1-doubles and earned an 8-2 victory to start. Bolanos and senior John Tilton earned the start at #2-doubles and came away with a dominating 8-0 victory of their own. Juniors Tyler Dealy and Frankie Moulton followed through with similar dominance at #3-doubles with another 8-0 win.

In singles action it was Atanasov breezing through with a 6-0, 6-0 straight sets victory at #1-singles followed by Bolanos at #2-singles with a 6-0, 6-2 win.

Up next for the Fish came Taylor University who like Emmanuel College, was unable to earn a win over the blue and white.

Atanasov and Buerkle once again came through at #1-doubles at 8-5 followed by Bolanos and Tilton at 8-1 at #2-doubles. Dealy and Moulton once again finished off the doubles portion with an 8-1 victory.

Once again utilizing championship format and moving to the bottom of the singles rotation and working up, Buerkle stepped up and earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at #6-singels while Tilton came through with a 6-0, 6-1 win at #5 singles to close out the 5-0 victory.

After day one, Palm Beach Atlantic and Olivet Nazarene University stand at 2-0 atop Pool A while Taylor University and Emmanuel College each sit at 0-2.

PBA is set to participate again on Wednesday when they take on Olivet Nazarene at approximately 12 pm.

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