BOCA RATON, Fla. – Sunday the 15th-ranked Lions men's tennis team had figured out the sixth-ranked Rollins Tars, but it was the damage done on Saturday that was too much to overcome as Rollins upended Saint Leo 5-4 in the conclusion of the postponed third-place match at the Sunshine State Conference Championships.
Completing a match that was halted by rain on Saturday, the Lions took a 3-0 deficit from the previous day's doubles play and quickly turned it into a 4-4 match. Behind inspired performances by Aloua Adjenak, Matt Nicholson-Lewis, Ismail Lemtouni and Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio who swept through their opponents in singles action to knot the score. The flights were not without their tense moments as, despite the sweeps, three of the four matches went into the seven-point tiebreak, with Lemtouni's going all the way to 9-7 before he claimed the win.
With just No. 3 singles in the balance, Victor Lozier's upset bid of #34 Robin Marchione came up just short with a 6-2 decision in favor of Rollins in the third set.
The Lions conclude the Sunshine State Conference Championships with a fourth-place finish and now await a potential bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Lions will find out their postseason chances on Tuesday night.
#6 Rollins 5, #15 Saint Leo 4
04/20/13 at Boca Raton, Fla. (South County Regional Park)
|1. #18 Aloua Adjenak (SLM) def. #29 Will Kwok (RC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3|
|2. #49 Malte Christesen (RC) def. Bruno Sisti (SLM) 6-4, 6-1|
|3. #34 Robin Marchione (RC) def. Victor Lozier (SLM) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2|
|4. #28 Matt Nicholson-Lewis (SLM) def. Sebastian Hafner (RC) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)|
|5. Ismail Lemtouni (SLM) def. Adrian Di Felice (RC) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)|
|6. Jacobo Gonzalez (SLM) def. Cooper Maxwell (RC) 6-4, 6-4|
|1. #17 Will Kwok/Jason Alabaster (RC) def. Aloua Adjenak/Jake Fleischer (SLM) 8-5|
|2. Malte Christesen/Robin Marchione (RC) def. Bruno Sisti/Matt Nicholson-Lewis (SLM) 8-6|
|3. Adrian Di Felice/Cooper Maxwell (RC) def. Ismail Lemtouni/Victor Lozier (SLM) 8-6|
|Rollins 13-8; National ranking #6; Regional ranking #5|
|Saint Leo 15-6; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #4|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (,2,6,5,4,1,3)|
|SSC Men's Tennis Championship 3rd Place Match|