Tennis-M vs. Rollins
No. 7 Men’s Tennis Returns to South Region Finals
Modified May 05, 2014 08:41 PM
Miami Shores, Fla.- Lynn University’s men’s tennis team is in familiar territory as the Fighting Knights clinched a spot in the NCAA South Region 2 Finals with a 5-1 win over No. 15 Rollins. Lynn improves to 16-6 overall while the Tars finish the season 12-11.
The Blue & White got off to a quick start in doubles action when No. 8 Daniel Riggs and Paolo Volpicelli defeated No. 24 Jason Alabaster and Ari Davis, 8-5. Vlad Cirla and Pavel Mojha beat Cooper Maxwell and Jacobo Herrero, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles to put Lynn ahead, 2-0. Tomas Prokop and Alessio Iannozzi lost a close 8-6 battle in the third slot to Robin Marchione and Adrian Di Felice.
Leading 2-1 heading into singles, No. 18 Cirla defeated Malte Christesen 6-3, 6-1, at the top singles spot. 46th-ranked Prokop put Lynn within one point of victory when he took Alabaster to three sets winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. No. 46 Riggs sealed the Fighting Knights win when he defeated No. 48 Marchione 7-5, 6-4.
Mojha and Volpicelli both split their first two sets at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively. However they both were leading in a third set when play was stopped. Senior Alessio Iannozzi was leading Herrero at No. 6 singles as well, 7-5, 4-1.
Lynn will play defending national champions Barry (22-2) on Tuesday, May 6, at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on the campus of Barry University. Winner of the South Region 2 Final will advance to the NCAA Championships round of 16 that will take place May 14-17, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
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