Men’s Tennis Undefeated on First Day of C.L. Varner
Winter Park, Fla. – Lynn University’s men’s tennis team was one of two squads to go undefeated on the opening day of the C.L. Varner. Vlad Cirla, Pavel Mohja, Alessio Iannozzi and Max Kouyate all earned singles victories to join Willi Wolfer in the second round while the Fighting Knights two doubles squads of Cirla/Mohja and Iannozzi/Kouyate advanced to second round play following byes.
Iannozzi had the easiest route to his next opponent, topping Juan Varon of Bethune-Cookman 6-1, 6-0 in Flight B of the singles draw. Vlad Cirla was also impressive in his fall debut, knocking off Ismail Lentouni of Saint Leo 6-0, 6-2, setting up a showdown with Paul-Henri Arrigoni from Lander in the A Flight.
Mohja and Adam Jonsson (Lander) went back-and-forth until a service break gave the Blue & White a 6-4 win in the opening set before dominating 6-0 to claim the win. He will square off against Jacobo Gonzales-Tarrio from Saint Leo next in Flight B.
Kouyate had to labor to get his victory before winning 7-5 in the opening game against Leonardo Lima of BCU. He came back strong in the second set to win 6-2 in Flight C. Additionally, Luca Pignatelli faced Diego Ramirez but rain delayed the conclusion in Flight D.
Wolfer and Lynn’s two doubles teams all earned first round byes. The USTA/ITA South Region Tournament champion begins competition against Aloua Adjenak of Saint Leo while Cirla/Mohja take on Varon/Day from Bethune-Cookmana and Iannozzi/Kouyate battle Rotich/Lima of Rollins.
Lynn and UCF were the only two schools to go unbeaten on the first day of competition.
Play continues at the C.L. Varner Invitational on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.