SAINT LEO, Fla. – The 15th-ranked Saint Leo men's tennis team passed a tough March test on Sunday afternoon as the Lions defeated visiting Southern Indiana 6-3 in pre-Spring Break action at the Saint Leo Tennis Center.
In doubles action, the Lions (9-3) picked up wins at No.1 and No. 2 doubles where Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Bruno Sisti, and Ismail Lemtouni and Jake Fleischer defeated their Southern Indiana opponents by similar 8-4 scores. Unfortunately, a 9-7 decision against the Lions at No. 3 doubles prevented them from sweeping the tandem action.
Moving into singles, the nationally ranked Lions consisting of Aloua Adjenak (#21) and Nicholson-Lewis (#29) managed to rally for back-to-back wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, but Saint Leo would drop decisions at No. 3 and No. 4.
Needing a victory at one of the two final positions, Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio put the match into the favor of the Green and Gold with a 6-3, 6-0 match victory. Antoine Raffaelli squared things away at No. 6 as his opponent retired in the second set.
The Lions, winners of four-straight, will now head into a 10-day break before next facing West Chester on Wednesday, March 20. The match is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 a.m. at the Saint Leo Tennis Center.
#15 Saint Leo 6, Southern Indiana 3
03/11/13 at Saint Leo, Fla. (Saint Leo Tennis Center)
|1. #21 Aloua Adjenak (SLM) def. Michael Kuzaj (USI) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5|
|2. #29 Matt Nicholson-Lewis (SLM) def. Juan Quiroz (USI) 6-4, 6-0|
|3. Santiago Lopez (USI) def. Bruno Sisti (SLM) 7-5, 6-2|
|4. Ben Boesing (USI) def. Ismail Lemtouni (SLM) 6-4, 6-3|
|5. Jacobo Gonzalez (SLM) def. Jack Joyce (USI) 6-3, 6-0|
|6. Antoine Raffaelli (SLM) def. Rodrigo Flores (USI) 6-7 (11-13), 4-1, retired|
|1. Matt Nicholson-Lewis/Bruno Sisti (SLM) def. Michael Kuzaj/Jack Joyce (USI) 8-4|
|2. Ismail Lemtouni/Jake Fleischer (SLM) def. Ben Boesing/Santiago Lopez (USI) 8-4|
|3. Juan Quiroz/Rodrigo Flores (USI) def. Aloua Adjenak/Antoine Raffaelli (SLM) 9-7|
|Southern Indiana 4-3|
|Saint Leo 9-3; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #5|