BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Lynn picked up its first win of the season on Monday night, an 8-1 win against St. Thomas (Fla). The Fighting Knights were led by senior Vlad Cirla who ranks 17th in singles.
With only two starters from last season’s squad in the lineup, Cirla teamed with newcomer Roman Turtygin to defeated Nicolas Etienne and Joshua Rosner 8-1 to give Lynn a 1-0 lead. Senior Alessio Iannozzi partnered with Tomas Porkop in the third slot for a 8-4 win against Arturo Romero and Matias. Transfer Danny Riggs and freshman Paolo Volpocelli took home a 8-4 win as the top duo for Lynn heading into singles play ahead 3-0.
In singles action, Riggs extended the Blue & White’s lead to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win versus Ordonez. Cirla defeated Etienne in the top singles spot 6-1, 6-4 to secure the squad’s season-opening victory. Iannozzi beat Romero 8-2 before Volpocelli blanked Rosner 8-0. After losing his opening set 4-6, Porkop forced a deciding set when he won 6-4. In the tiebreaker he fell 10-4 to STU’s Bravo making the score 7-1. Giulio Gomba closed out the match with an 8-3 win against Dasso.
This is the third consecutive season opener win against St. Thomas and sixth consecutive season beginning with a 1-0 record. Head coach Mike Perez is just seven victories away from his 400th career win at the helm of the program in his 25th season.