No. 8 Saint Leo Outlasts Hardy No. 44 NYIT, 6-3

No. 8 Saint Leo Outlasts Hardy No. 44 NYIT, 6-3

Saint Leo Moves to 10-3 on the Season

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Saint Leo men's tennis team came out on top, 6-3 over the 44th-ranked NYIT Bears on Saturday afternoon at the Saint Leo Tennis Center.  The Lions advance to 10-3 on the season, while the Bears drop just their second contest of the season, and fall to a mark of 9-2.

Saint Leo kicked off the day with a 3-0 lead after doubles play, with the duo of Ismail Lemtouni and Fons Verberne defeating Nicolas Heintz and Nico Jubera, 8-2 at No. 3 doubles for the first win of the day.  Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio defeated the Bears tandem of Tomas Lieb and Matej Selecky, 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, followed by Bruno Sisti and Aloua Adjenak taking down Julio Pulido and Nicolas Auruccio, 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.

Singles play was more of a challenge for Saint Leo, as a resilient NYIT squad gave the Lions all they had.  Nicholson-Lewis gave Saint Leo a 4-0 lead, defeating Heintz 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, but Auruccio took down No. 50 Lemtouni 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles to give the Bears their first victory of the day to set the tally at 4-1.

Pulido then took down Nurmio at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to pull the Bears within two of the Lions, 4-2, but Adjenak answered back with a win at No. 1 singles, defeating Rafal Charkiewicz in an epic 6-0, 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 battle.

With the Lions leading 5-2, Gonzalez-Tarrio helped seal the deal with a win at No. 5 singles over Lieb, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, but Selecky made sure to fight to the very end as he defeated Verberne at the No. 6 position by a final score of 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4).

The Saint Leo men's tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, March 19, when they take on Erskine College in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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