Florida Blue SSC Tennis Championship Concludes with Completion of Rain-Delayed Matches
In a pair of matches that began on Saturday, got scuttled by a downpour, and finished Sunday morning, Saint Leo took third place at the 2012 Florida Blue SSC Men’s Tennis Championship, and Florida Southern claimed fifth place. In women's rain-delayed consolation action, Rollins claimed third place, and Florida Southern won a backdraw match.
In men's action, No. 4 Saint Leo beat No. 2 Rollins for the first time in program history 5-3. The match started early Saturday afternoon with Rollins taking a 2-1 lead after doubles. The Tars 10th-ranked tandem of Lucas Jovita and Jason Alabaster scored an 8-4 upset over eight-ranked Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier in the top doubles flight to get rolling.
SLU's Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio and Antonie Raffaelli beat Bernardo Barroso and Constantin Sturdza 8-4 in the #2 match, with RC's Jeff Morris and Ari Davis winning 8-2 to Aloua Adjenak and Jake Fleischer at #3.
Alabaster gave the Tars a 3-1 lead early in singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win past Fleischer in the #5 match. Saint Leo then came charging back to tie the match 3-3 with two quick victories. Raffaelli downed Barroso 6-2, 6-1 in the #6 match while 43rd-ranked Malte Christesen lost to 28th-ranked Lozier 6-4, 6-4 at #3.
In a big upset, 33rd-ranked Nicholson-Lewis raced past 6th-ranked Morris 6-3, 6-1 in the #2 match to give the Lions their fourth point.
Weather then halted the match with second-ranked Jovita leading Adjenak in the third set of the top-flight match and Saint Leo’s Gonzalez-Tarrio facing a second break point against Davis.
Back at it Sunday morning, Davis couldn't break and fell 6-4, 7-5 as the Lions sealed up the win in just minutes.
Fifth-seeded Florida Southern ran past No. 6 Florida Tech 5-1. The Moccasins took two of three doubles matches. In the top flight, Ivan Marevic and Jorge Gutierrez held off Nicolas Clerc and Michael Schmidt 9-8 (7-5). FSC also won at #2, with Benoit Paradis and Emanuel Lueber beating James McLane and Daniel Armellino 8-1. Tech picked up its doubles point in the third slot where Beau Fieldsend and D.J. Pate outlasted Nathan Leavitt and Charles Garneau 9-8 (7-5).
Florida Southern tallied singles wins at #3, 5, and 6 to seal the win. In the third spot, Marevic defeated Barry Dylewski 7-5, 6-2. In the fifth flight, Carl Lundberg defeated Riley Lorenz 6-3, 6-4. In the sixth position, Gutierrez downed Kermit Strachan 6-1, 6-3.
In the women’s third-place match, No. 4 Rollins nearly squandered a 3-0 advantage after doubles but held off a feisty third-seeded Saint Leo team 5-4.
Doubles play was all Rollins with the Tars winning one going away and the other two close. At #3 Elissa DeCampli and Callie Whitlock downed Maria Benkirane and Selma Hidass 8-5.
In the top flight, Ragsdale and Lisa Loft engineered a 9-7 upset victory over eighth-ranked Laura Kemkes and Emily Singleton. Ashley Rosenberg and Mariana Salvador completed the sweep with a 9-8(6) win over Adriana Daszkiewicz and Jeanette McDonald at #2.
The Lions came charging back in singles, winning three quick matches to knot the score at 3-3.
Salvador fell to Daszkiewicz 6-2, 6-0 at #3, DeCampli lost to Benkirane 6-0, 6-2 at #5, and 46th-ranked Loft dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to No. 13 Kemkes in the top flight.
Rosenberg gave Rollins its fourth point with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 25th-ranked Singleton in the #2 match. The Lions again tied the score as Whitlock fell in a three-set battle to McDonald at #4, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2.
It then came down to the #6 match that had Ragsdale take the first set 6-2, and Phoebe Di Leo win the second 7-5. The senior then put her opponent away with a 6-4 win, giving the Tars third place in the SSC Championship.
In a backdraw match that was originally schedule for Friday but fell victim to rain two days in a row, No. 7 Florida Southern turned back No. 6 Florida Tech 5-2.
Tech took a 2-1 lead after doubles. In the top spot, the sister duo of Katarina and Kristina Huba defeated Magda Ruitort and Sabine Goge 8-2. At #2, Abigail Greif and Stephanie Dohner beat Christie Nunnemann and Olivia Spagnuolo 8-3. FSC picked up its point in the third spot, with Joalis Dominguez and Laura Wichmann holding off Monica Price and Abbey Keister 9-7.
In singles, the momentum swung to the Moccasins. In the top flight, Ruitort upset Katarina Huba 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2. At #2, Goge downed Kristina Huba 6-4, 6-1. Dominguez cruised past Price 6-2, 6-0 in the third slot, and Spagnuolo dispatched Dohner 6-2, 6-1 in the fifth position.
The win would have put the Moccasins in the fifth-place match, but both the fifth and seventh-place contests fell victim to schedule woes caused by three days of rainy weather.