February 2, 2014

Eighth-Ranked Lions Earn Second Straight with 7-2 Win over Coastal Georgia

SAINT LEO, Fla. -  The eighth-ranked Saint Leo men's tennis team advanced its record to 2-0 as they defeated College of Coastal Georgia by a score of 7-2 on Sunday afternoon as the Saint Leo Tennis Complex.  With the loss, Coastal Georgia opens its season with a record of 0-1.

Saint Leo swept doubles to open the day, with the tandem of Ismail Lemtouni and Bruno Sisti earning an 8-3 win over Louis Volclair and Jose Zaatini at the No. 1 spot.

Fons Verberne and Victor Lozier secured the next win, with an 8-6 victory over Erick Bermudez and Malhar Mali at No. 2 doubles.  Oskar Nurmio and Matt Nicholoson-Lewis picked up a hard fought win at the No. 3 slot, defeating Alejandro Aquilino and Robin Lucase by a tally of 9-7.

The Mariners bounced back, earning their only two wins on the afternoon by securing the first two victories in singles.  Zaatini made quick work of Sisti at No. 2 singles for Coastal Georgia's first win with a 6-3, 6-1 final score.

Volclair took down Aloua Adjenak at No. 1 singles next, earning a score of 6-4, 6-4 to set the overall score at 3-2.

Despite dropping the first two flights in singles play, Saint Leo bounced back, beginning with Lozier taking down Aquilino by a score of 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.  Nicholson-Lewis followed with a heated contest at No. 3 singles, defeating Bermudez by a tally of 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-4.

Lemtouni saw another battle at the No. 4 slot, walking away victorious after a long fight against Mali that ended in a 7-6(6), 6-2 final.

Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio secured the Lions' final win of the afternoon, earning a 7-5, 4-6, 10-4 win over Lucase at No. 6 singles.

The Lions return to action on Wednesday, February 12, when they host Florida Southern.  Match time against the Moccasins is set for 3:00 p.m.

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