ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Saint Leo secured two doubles victories, and sealed the deal with five wins at singles en route to a 7-2 season-opening victory against Flager on Saturday afternoon at the Flagler Tennis Center.
The Lions picked up two wins at doubles, with the tandem of 50th-ranked Ismail Lemtouni and Bruno Sisti taking home the first win of the afternoon, defeating the duo of Inigo Landaluce and Fabio Ferrauti by a score of 8-3.
Oskar Nurmio and Matt Nicholson-Lewis finished next, taking down Hermann Gertmann and Uriel Oquendo by a score of 8-6. The Saints bounced back at the No. 1 doubles slot, with 42nd-ranked Jose Martinez and Bruno Padilha defeating Victor Lozier and Fons Verberne 8-6.
Flagler kept the momentum rolling into singles play, with Martinez earning the first finish in the No. 1 slot as he took down Alou Adjenak (6-1, 6-4). The Lions then swept the remaining slots, with Lemtouni securing the No. 4 slot next, defeating Oquendo 7-5, 6-3.
Saint Leo picked up wins when Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio secured the No. 6 spot with a 6-2, 6-3 finish against Brant Switzler, followed by Sisti defeating Landaluce at No. 2 singles in a hotly contested flight, 6-4, 7-6(5). Nicholson-Lewis took down Ferrauti at No. 3 singles (6-4, 7-5), followed by Nurmio closing out the afternoon with a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory against Gertmann in the five slot.
No. 9 Rollins 7, Palm Beatch Atlantic 2
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rollins opened its 2014 season on Saturday, defeating Palm Beach Atlantic 7-2 on the road.
The Tars are now 1-0 while the Sailfish fall to 0-1.
Rollins jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. The fifth-ranked team of Will Kwok and Jason Alabaster defeated Nicolas Uryson and Mark Heimberger 8-3 in the No. 1 spot before the duo of Jacobo Herrero and Ari Davis were victorious in No. 3 doubles, defeating Nicholas Battistini and Matt Leeds, 8-4
In singles play, No. 38 Malte Christesen fell in the No. 1 spot but the Tars swept the remaining four matches. No. 23 Robin Marchione, Adrian Di Felice, No. 34 Alabaster, Herrero and Davis each earned wins in their first match of the season.
No. 10 Columbus State 9, Stillman 0
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State Ubegan the year in style on Saturday sweeping Stillman 9-0. The match took place at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on the campus of CSU.
The Cougars (1-0) had no problem in doubles dropping just two games in three matches. At first doubles, the ninth-ranked duo of Adi Malicbegovic and Marco Almorin downed David Torres and Jangeun Lee 8-1. Michael Trebuhov and Maceij Kierkus also won their match 8-1 against Aleksander Zobec and Yonwaba Pupuma at second doubles. The third spot was CSU's lone sweep in doubles action as Oussama Zoghlami and Derrick Taylor defeated Jose Pojasi and Edward Symontt 8-0.
In singles action, Almorin, CSU's lone preseason All-Peach Belt Conference selection, won his match 6-2, 6-2 versus Lee at first singles. Zoghlami played his first match at the second spot breezing past Torres 6-1, 6-1. Also winning 6-1, 6-1 was Malicbegovic at third singles against Zobec.
At fourth singles, Danilo Sardelli began his senior season with a 6-1, 6-0 win versus Pupuma while Trebuhov was a 6-1, 6-0 winner as well against Pojasi at the fifth spot. Benedikt Wilde gave CSU the clean sweep at sixth singles blanking Symonett 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic vs. No. 3 West Florida (Canceled)
No. 7 Lander vs. No. 35 Coker (Canceled)