Panthers Drop Sailfish In Men’s Tennis

By  //  April 9, 2013

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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.

FIT freshman Patrick Hernandez won his seventh match at the No. 3 singles position in men’s tennis on Monday at West Palm Beach. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

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.