Lions tame Mustangs in Thursday showdown

Lions tame Mustangs in Thursday showdown

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Meeting its third ranked foe of the week, the Saint Leo men's tennis team rolled No. 15 Midwestern State University by an 8-1 final score at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex, Thursday afternoon.

The Lions improve to 12-4 on the season while the Mustangs fall to 9-4 overall for their 2015 campaign.

Saint Leo took a 2-1 lead into singles play, as Alex Theiler and Bruno Sisti outdueled Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate by an 8-6 score while Guillaume Vanelven and Fons Verberne followed suit with an 8-3 doubles win.

The Lions took a clean sweep of singles play, taking the match by an 8-1 final score.  Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio was the first to finish, ending the fifth flight against Keegan Sullivan by quick 6-1 and 6-1 scores.

Vanelven picked up the team's fourth win of the match, defeating Chris Norrie by 6-0 and 6-3 sets.  Egor Panyushkin clinched the win with a straight-set victory over No. 32 Kyle Davidson, winning by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

Netanel Alcabas dueled Ramon Toyos to a third set, winning by 6-2, 1-6 and 6-1 sets while Theiler took the top flight in similar three-set fashion.  Verberne outlasted Matt Tyler to sweep singles play and conclude the contest with an 8-1 score in favor of the Lions.

The Green and Gold will conclude spring break week with a home match against No. 14 NYIT on Saturday, March 21 slated for a 1 p.m. start time at the Saint Leo Tennis Complex.

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