No. 5 Lynn tops pair of DI opponents
Fighting Knights knock off Monmouth, Wisconsin-Green Bay
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked Lynn bested a pair of Division I opponents on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory against Monmouth and a 5-4 win against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The wins for Lynn (11-1) represent the third consecutive victory for the Fighting Knights against DI foes.
Against Monmouth, the Fighting Knights found little resistance in doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Vlad Cirla and Willi Wolfer blanked the Monmouth combo of Freddy Marcinkowski and Carl Jedlinski 8-0.
Amaury Van Haelen and Max Kouyate teamed up for LU and posted an 8-2 win against Laurence Heads and Francis Jedlinski at No. 2 doubles while Alessio Iannozzi and Luca Pavanelli rolled to an 8-0 win in the third doubles flight against David Sherwood and Tom Kowalski.
Pavanelli and Van Haelen represented the only finished matches in singles play to wrap up the 5-0 blanking of Monmouth.
Pavanelli finished first in the No. 3 singles flight with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Carl Jedlinski. Shortly after the Pavanelli win, Van Haelen collected a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles against Jason Rothstein.
Tthe Blue & White then took on another DI opponent in the Phoenix of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
In doubles versus Green Bay, Wolfer and Cirla teamed up for the second time on the day and collected an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles against Michael Tenzer and Felix Goepper to give the Knights the early 1-0 lead.
Iannozzi and Pavanelli then posted Lynn’s second point in the overall match with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles against Michael Tebon and Paul Swanson.
The Phoenix then tallied their first point of the match as Van Haelen and Kouyate fell 8-4 to Craig Cox and Erik Finkenbrink at No. 2 doubles.
On the singles side, Wisconsin Green Bay posted the first two victories to go up 3-2. Kouyate’s No. 3 singles match resulted in a 6-2, 6-1 win for the Phoenix’s Michael Tenzer. Van Haelen then fell at No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-4 to Goepper to put Green Bay on top.
Lynn’s No. 5 Wolfer then knotted things up for Lynn with a pair of 6-2 sets against Swanson while Cirla gave the Fighting Knights the lead shortly after Wolfer’s match on a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Finkenbrink at No. 1 singles.
Iannozzi tallied the clinching point at No. 5 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 throttling of Craig Cox to make it a 5-3 match.
The final contest remaining came down to Lynn’s No. 6 singles player George Laffey. Laffey grabbed a 6-2 first-set win then fell in the second set 7-5. In the third pro set, Laffey suffered a 10-6 loss to drop the match. The loss represents only his ninth singles defeat of his four-year career at Lynn.