Florida Tech Panthers Men, Women’s Tennis Teams Earn Dominating Victories On Friday
By Daniel Supraner, Athletic Communications Director // February 11, 2017
Men earn first win, Women win season opener
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech Men’ tennis bounced back after a season-opening loss by putting together an impressive 7-2 team victory over Carson-Newman.
Aria Canadell Solana and Ricardo Corona defeated the Eagles’ Stefano Daza and Rodolfo Schwarz in the No. 1 doubles match 8-1.
Majed Alshaikh and James Finnigan won a tight match in the No. 2 doubles match, 8-6, against Joao Pedro Oliveira and Gabriel Dabdab. FIT’s Wade Ball and Tjimon Louisy picked up a “W” in No. 3 doubles 8-4.
In the No. 1 singles, Canadell Solana won in the final two-sets 6-3, 6-1 after dropping the first 2-6 to Oliveira.
Corona put on a strong performance in the No. 2 role against Schwarz winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
Not to be outdone by his teammates, Wade Ball served up the heat to snag another win for the team in a three-set match against Bantel.
Florida Tech suffered its first loss of the day when Alshaikh lost 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Daza in an intense match that went the distance.
Finnigan got the team back on the right side of the win column defeating Dabdab in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Newman’s Jesus Bacete-Sanz grabbed the second win on the day for the Eagles in the last of the nine matches.
“Our doubles teams did a great job closing the net to get us that 3-0 lead.” said head coach Bill Macom. “Five of the singles matches were tight but we did a good job staying aggressive in the third sets.”
The Panthers return to action today, as they head further west to St. Petersburg to take on Sunshine State Conference rival Eckerd at noon ET.
#1: Aria Canadell Solana, Ricardo Corona (FIT) def. Stefano Daza, Rodolfo Schwarz (CNU) 8-1
#2: Majed Alshaikh, James Finnigan (FIT) def. Joao Pedro Oliveira, Gabriel Dabdab (CNU) 8-6
#3: Wade Ball, Tjimon Louisy (FIT) def. Marc Bantel, Jesus Bacete-Sanz (CNU) 8-4
#1: Aria Canadell Solana (FIT) def. Joao Pedro Oliveira (CNU) 2-6; 6-3; 6-1
#2: Ricardo Corona (FIT) def. Rodolfo Schwarz (CNU) 6-1; 6-0
#3: Wade Ball (FIT) def. Marc Bantel (CNU) 6-1; 2-6; 7-5
#4: Stefano Daza (CNU) def. Majed Alshaikh (FIT) 1-6; 6-2; 6-4
#5: James Finnigan (FIT) def. Gabriel Dabdab (CNU) 7-5; 6-4
#6: Jesus Bacete-Sanz (CNU) def. Kleanthis Zisis Tegos (FIT) 6-3; 3-6; 6-3
Florida Tech sets the right tone for the season in an 8-1 victory over the Carson-Newman Eagles.
Lauren Stuckey and Maria Chun defeated the Eagles’ Jill Corsato-Owsianka and Alisa Liashova in a tightly contested match of No. 1’s 9-8. Alahna Reto and Meritt Rabson won another close match dispelling Newman’s No. 2 pair 8-6.
FIT’s Erin Egoroff and Paloma Vela picked up the third victory of the day for the Panther’s comfortably defeating Sydney Ledington and Klara Vuckovic in the No. 3 doubles 8-3.
Florida Tech carried their momentum into singles play with Reto winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 over Ali Harris. Not to be outdone, Kayla Hergott also finished her opponent in straight sets 6-1, 7-6.
However, the Eagles Liashova picked up her team’s lone win of the contest in a long three-set match 5-7, 6-3, 10-6 over Stuckey.
Florida Tech women did not let that loss affect their moral, if anything they used it as motivation to finish off the rest of their opposition. Egoroff spearheaded the effort with an easy win in two sets 6-2, 6-1.
Following suit, Vela and Chun also picked up straight set victories to cap off the “W”.
“We got off to a fast start in all of the doubles and fortunately played aggressive enough to close out those matches.” said head coach Bill Macom. “The girls did a good job moving their opponents around in the singles and that showed in their results.”
The Panthers return to action today, as they head to the gulf coast to take on Sunshine State Conference rival Eckerd starting at 12 p.m. ET.
#1: Lauren Stuckey, Maria Chun (FIT) def. Jill Corsato-Owsianka, Alisa Liashova (CNU) 9-8
#2: Alahna Reto, Meritt Rabson (FIT) def. Ali Harris, Jill Corsato-Owsianka (CNU) 8-6
#3: Erin Egoroff, Paloma Vela (FIT) def. Sydney Ledington, Klara Vuckovic (CNU) 8-3
#1: Alahna Reto (FIT) def. Ali Harris (CNU) 6-2; 6-4
#2: Kayla Hergott (FIT) def. Jill Corsato-Owsianka (CNU) 6-1; 7-6
#3: Alisa Liashova (CNU) def. Lauren Stuckey (FIT) 5-7; 6-3; 10-6
#4: Erin Egoroff (FIT) def. Klara Vackovic (CNU) 6-2; 6-1
#5: Paloma Vela (FIT) def. Lindy Tatum (CNU) 6-1; 6-0
#6: Maria Chun (FIT) def. Sydney Ledington (CNU) 6-3; 6-1
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