April 29, 2012

Men’s Tennis Drops NCAA First Round Match to Rollins, 5-3

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No.5-seeded Saint Leo men's tennis team (16-8) , ranked No.18 in the country, fell to the No.4-seeded and sixth-ranked Rollins College Tars ( 16-8) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday afternoon from the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex. The loss brings the men's tennis season to a close.

Rollins, holding a 2-1 advantage after doubles, registered the necessary five points with a trio singles wins.  

Saint Leo dented the scoreboard first as the No.2 doubles tandem of Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio and Antoine Raffaelli bounced the Rollins' duo of Malte Christesen and Constantin Sturdza, 8-4. However, the Tars stormed back to take a match at top-flight, before edging the Lions' No.3 pair of Aloua Adjenak and Jake Fleischer in a back-and-forth battle, 8-6.

In singles, the Lions tied the match at two apiece when Jake Fleischer took down his opponent in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-4. A Tars' point at No.1 singles made it 3-2, before Victor Lozier compiled a consecutive sets win over the 43rd-ranked Malte Christesen, 6-1, 7-5. However, it was Rollins who pushed through as they collected key points at No.2 and No.6 singles to close the match.

Losing only two seniors, and coming off their most successful season to date, a loaded Lions' team looks to make a return visit to the NCAA's in 2013.

For more on the nationally-ranked men's tennis team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.