Panthers Drop Sailfish In Men’s Tennis
By Space Coast Daily // April 9, 2013
FIT Now 11-9 For Season
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Florida Tech collected its 10th men’s tennis win of the season against non-conference opponents after defeating Palm Beach Atlantic, 8-1, on Monday.
The Panthers swept in doubles play for the eighth time this season.
Florida Tech (11-9) opened the match with a 3-0 lead after taking all three doubles matches against Palm Beach Atlantic (8-10).
The nation’s No. 23 tandem, junior Nicolas Clerc and freshman Patrick Hernandez, defeated Giuseppe Guarnieri and Nicolas Coburn, 8-3, in the top match to improve to 12-3 on the season. The duo has won seven of their last 10 matches.
Junior Matic Leskovar and sophomore Beau Fieldsend won their fourth-straight doubles match to improve to 10-1 overall at No. 2 doubles. Leskovar and Fieldsend defeated Mark Heimberger and Nicholas Battistini, 8-5.
Senior Barry Dylewski and sophomore Riley Lorenz took No. 3 doubles over Asti Adams and Michael Leonard by a score of 8-5.
Clerc continued to impress at the No. 1 singles spot. The junior won his 11th-straight match with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Heimberger. Clerc is now 13-2 this spring.
Leskovar won his fifth match at No. 2 singles after taking the first set, 7-6, over Guarnieri. Leskovar was leading the second set, 5-4, when Guarnieri retired due to injury.
Hernandez went three sets against Adams to win his seventh match at No. 3 singles. The freshman took set one, 6-3, but then fell in the second set by a score of 6-1. It took 20 games in the third set to decide the winner before Hernandez took the match, 6-3, 1-6, 11-9.
Dylewski improved to 8-1 at No. 5 singles with his fifth consecutive victory. The senior defeated Michael Leonard, 7-5, 6-3.
Fieldsend closed out the match with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Fernando Arroyo.
Florida Tech will close out the regular season tomorrow when they host No. 6 Rollins at the Moore Tennis Courts in Melbourne.
The Panthers and Tars will begin the match at 2:30 p.m.