No.18 Lions Conclude SSC Schedule with 9-0 Win Over Eckerd
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No.18-ranked Saint Leo men's tennis team (14-5, 3-3 SSC) ran its winning-streak to six matches as they toppled Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd College (0-15, 0-6 SSC), 9-0, Tuesday afternoon from the Turley Athletic Complex.
The Lions, who finished the SSC schedule with a .500 record, surrendered six total points in three doubles wins, before registering six consecutive, straight-set wins in singles.
Saint Leo's third-flight tandem of Jake Fleischer and Alou Adjenak started the day with a dominating shutout win over Robby Breece and Madison Durley, 8-0. Meanwhile, the Lions No.3-ranked pair of Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier overpowered the Tritons' team of Dylan Randazzo and Stephen Felman, 8-3. Meanwhile, Antoine Raffaelli and Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio equaled their teammates performance at No.2 doubles as they defeated Connor Ohlsen and Brian Hill Jr., 8-3.
In singles, Fleischer held serve the entire match as he routed Eckerd's Levy, 6-0, 6-0, at No.5 singles. In addition, Raffaelli went 6-1, 6-0 over Durley at No.6 singles, while No.32-ranked Nicholson-Lewis and Gonzalez-Tarrio earned identical 6-1, 6-1, wins at No.2 and No.4 singles, respectively.
Lozier, ranked No.27 in the latest ITA rankings, defeated Felman in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
The No.43-ranked Adjenak bookended the victory with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Randazzo at top-flight singles.
With both the men's and women's teams collecting dominating wins in their conference finale, head coach James Bryce detailed his thoughts. "I am really happy for both teams in their final SSC regular season match today," said Bryce. "The women clinched third place in the conference, and guys fourth. This is a great improvement for both teams, especially the women. However, we still have plenty of tennis to play in the coming weeks with Embry Riddle this weekend at home and the SSC Tournament next weekend. I am excited for us to continue excelling towards our end goals."
Saint Leo will conclude the 2012 regular season on Saturday, April 14, when they play host to Embry-Riddle. It is also senior day for the men as both Yves Jacobs and Jose Morales will be honored before the match. Doubles is set to begin at 1 p.m. from the Saint Leo Tennis Center.
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