#1 Saint Leo sweeps #15 Cameron, 5-0

DENVER, Colo. – The No. 1-ranked Saint Leo men's tennis team took down No. 15 Cameron University, 5-0, on Wednesday evening, as they chased the sun that set over the mountains.

The Lions and the Aggies were forced into a two-hour delay as all the matches prior were still on the court. The original start time was set for 7 p.m. ET, but first serve did not occur until the 9:20 p.m.

The Lions took a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles, the 3-0 score does not show the tightness of the individual sets. Saint Leo handedly won No. 2's as Egor Panyushkin and Jaime Bueno topped Vincius Santos and Andres Velasco, 8-3. But that was the only easy win of the three.

Alberto Barroso-Campos and Alex Theiler, the No. 1 doubles pair in the nation, saw the best from Felipe Oyarzun and Mateo Velasco, as the two pairs took a 6-6 tie before the Lions duo claimed the seventh and eighth games to win the match.

In No. 3 doubles, Francisco Aparicio and partner Oskar Nurmio battled back and forth with Dennis Merdan and Joao Fazenderio. The Lions' pair went down 8-7, but were able to fight back and tie the set at 8-8, and win the tiebreak, 7-4, to help the team have the 3-0 lead.

Singles proved to be less exciting as the Lions needed just two points to claim the match.

Bueno earned the first singles point in hometown rivalry match as he took down Oyarzun. Both athletes are natives of Santiago, Chile. Bueno won his No. 4 match, 6-1, 6-2.

Barroso-Campos, the No. 4 singles player in the nation, clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-3 over No. 45-ranked singles individual, Merdan.

Saint Leo advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals where they will take on the winner of Northwest Missouri State and UC San Diego, who had an even later start on Wednesday evening than the Lions.

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