Florida Southern 5, Rollins College 4
Florida Southern 5, Rollins College 4May 6, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla.-The #17 Florida Southern College men's tennis team knocked off #6 Rollins College by the score of 5-4 this afternoon its opening round match in the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Moccasins (14-10) ignited a comeback effort in a battle of Sunshine State Conference opponents after falling behind the Tars (17-7) 2-1 after doubles competition. Joey Capetillo, ranked 21st in the nation, sealed the Florida Southern victory with a three-set thriller at the No. 2 singles position as the match was knotted at 4-4 before he defeated David Tafur 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.
Rollins took the top two doubles matches as Matt Umbers and Jonathan Gomez, the fourth-ranked duo in the nation, took down Gaston Verna and Milos Koprivica by the score of 9-7 on the No. 1 court. Notching the 8-3 victory in the second spot, Tafur and Jeffrey Birse were victorious over Capetillo and Dustin Dixon. Florida Southern tallied its first point on the third court as Josh Berman and Eduardo Fernandez picked up the 8-6 win over Mike Compton and Albin Hubscher.
In the battle of the two of the nation's best, 12th ranked Umbers pulled out a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 15th ranked Verna at the top singles position. The Mocs won at the third spot as Koprivica defeated Birse 6-3, 6-4, with the Tars taking the point at the fourth spot as Gomez beat John Leavitt 7-5, 6-1. Florida Southern took the fifth and sixth singles points as Berman and Kristian Ulstrand earned the victories.
The Mocs will now face the winner of the other Southeast Region Semifinal between #3 Lynn and #26 Presbyterian in the championship match tomorrow morning at 10:00.
Singles competition: 1. Matt Umbers (RCM) def. Gaston Verna (FSC) 6-4, 6-3 2. Joey Capetillo (FSC) def. David Tafur (RCM) 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 3. Milos Koprivica (FSC) def. Jeffrey Birse (RCM) 6-3, 6-4 4. Jonathan Gomez (RCM) def. John Leavitt (FSC) 7-5, 6-1 5. Josh Berman (FSC) def. Albin Hubscher (RCM) 6-4, 7-5 6. Kristian Ulstrand (FSC) def. Miles Moriarty (RCM) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles competition: 1. Matt Umbers/Jonathan Gomez (RCM) def. Gaston Verna/Milos Koprivica (FSC) 9-7 2. David Tafur/Jeffrey Birse (RCM) def. Joey Capetillo/Dustin Dixon (FSC) 8-3 3. Josh Berman/Eduardo Fernandez (FSC) def. Mike Compton/Albin Hubscher (RCM) 8-6
Notes: Florida Southern 14-10 Rollins College 17-7 Official: Sally Edwards T-4:15 A-75