ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's tennis team (14-10) nearly upset the No.9-ranked Rollins College Tars in the third place match of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, but fell just short as they dropped a 5-3 decision, Saturday evening from the Sanlando Tennis Complex.
The Lions used an upset in doubles to collect one point, but could not reach the necessary five points as Rollins collected three wins on the singles side to clinch the match.
In doubles, the No.24-ranked Saint Leo tandem of Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier continued to play outstanding tennis as they upset the No.14-ranked duo of Jeff Morris and Arturo Baravalle, 8-3.
The Lions nearly stole a point from the Tars at the No.3 slot as Pablo Chavez and Tom Gleeson were narrowly edged, 9-7, by Sebastian Hafner and David Yawalkar.
Entering singles down 2-1, the Lions began to chip away at the Rollins advantage, despite dropping the top flight decision.
Aloua Adjenak added the Lions' second tally as he blew past Hafner at the No.3 position 6-3, 6-4.
Lozier briefly tied the match for Saint Leo and he dumped the 37-ranked player in Division II, Baravalle, 7-5, 6-2.
Unfortunately, the Tars maintained their composure and won two hard-fought matches at No.4 and No.6. Chavez fell at No.4, 7-5, 6-3 while Chris Herbert squeaked past Morales 6-4, 6-3.
At the conclusion of the match, the Lions No.5 slotted player, Tom Gleeson, was up in the third set over Jason Alabastor.
The Lions will now await word from the NCAA in regards to their postseason hopes. Heading into the tournament, the Lions were eighth in the latest south region rankings.
Stay tuned to SaintLeoLions.com for all postseason information.