WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men’s tennis team (2-4) ran into a roadblock in the form of the No. 10-ranked Rollins College Tars Thursday afternoon, as they fell on the road 9-0 in non-conference action.
In doubles play, both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams for Saint Leo dropped hard fought 8-3 decisions to their opponents. In the No. 1 spot, Yves Jacobs and Richard Maclachlan never quit in their set with Tan and Morris, but the Tars duo pulled away at the end to pick up the first point of the day. The same goes for the No. 2 team of Pablo Chavez and Jose Morales as they secured three points on the scoreboard against the Tars tandem but once again proved to not be enough.
On the singles side, three Lions put up superb individual efforts but none could record a point for the Green and Gold. The Lions No. 1 singles player, Jacobs, put up a strong defense against the Tars’ Rowlands but still fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Maclachlan then challenged Carvalho in No. 3 singles action and after dropping the first set 6-2, Maclachlan pressed the Tar as far as he could go until the Rollins player eventually escaped with a 6-4 set win. Diego Timoteo and Bill Rockwood squared off in the No. 4 singles position the Lions’ sophomore couldn’t handle the experienced Rockwood dropping straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
The Lions look to rebound and get back on the winning track this Sunday, March 1 as SLU will take on the Lynn University Fighting Knights at the SLU Tennis Center. First serve is set for noon.