#3-Seed Lynn tops #2-Seed men's tennis, 5-4, in SSC Semis

#3-Seed Lynn tops #2-Seed men's tennis, 5-4, in SSC Semis

BRADENTON, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's tennis team, the No. 2-Seed, fell to No. 3-Seed Lynn, 5-4, in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals on Friday afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

With the match tied at 4-4, the clinching point was in the hands of Saint Leo's Vincent Suillerot and Lynn's Jean-Baptiste Mateo. Mateo, No. 5 in DII singles rankings, has jumped out to lead after he took the first set, 6-2. However, Suillerot, No. 45 ranked player, responded and handed Mateo just his second set loss of the season, as he took the second set, 6-3.

As the third set unfolded, it turned into the deciding point of the match.

Suillerot jumped out to a 4-1 in the third set, but Mateo was able to tie it up at 4-all. The set continued in tight fashion as the pair tied at 5-5, and 6-6 forcing tiebreak. In the tiebreak point, Mateo claimed the set, and the match, with a 7-1 tiebreak win.

The match opened up with a 2-1 lead for the Lions.

Saint Leo claimed both No. 1 and 3 doubles flights, while Lynn gained the win at No. 2.

Jaime Bueno and Willem Van Den Akker earned the first point for the Lions as they claimed am 8-5 win at Flight No. 3 over Tristan Houle and Mateo.

Lynn evened it up with a 9-8 (7-1) win at Flight No. 2 as Kay Bartmann and Jose Porfirio topped Francisco Aparicio and Oskar Nurmio.

The Lions claimed their second point with a 9-8 (7-2) win by Thomas Grinberg and Suillerot over Mehdi Laalej and Florida Clermares at Flight No. 1.

In singles, Lynn evened up the score by taking Flight No. 4. Houle topped Aparicio, 6-0, 6-2.

However, the Lions responded, jumping out to a 4-2 lead after taking Flights No. 3 and 1.

Bueno claimed Flight No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Bartmann, while Grinberg took down Laalej, 6-4, 6-3, at Flight No. 1.

Lynn was then able to even things up, taking two battles at No. 5 and 6.

Clemares topped Nurmio, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, at Flight No. 6, while Porfirio topped Charles Benet, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 5-0, as Benet was forced to retire.

This set the stage for the epic dual between Suillerot and Mateo.

The Lions will face Rollin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 in the SSC Tournament Third Place match.

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