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Wins at singles lifts Valdosta St. to win at No. 9 Rollins

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Valdosta State pulled off a big 6-3 win against Rollins on Saturday afternoon.

Francisco Yim Kim and Mario Navarro Bayo kicked the match off on the right foot with an 8-6 win against Will Kwok and Jason Alabaster in doubles action at No. 1. Doubles play continued with yet another win for VSU, as Sebastian Jasyk and Tammo Haake teamed up to defeat Jacobo Herrero and Ari Davis 9-7 at No. 2.

At No. 3, Cooper Maxwell and Adrian Di Felice proved to be too much for VSU's team of Niklas Herbring and Gereon Heitmann, as the Rollins pair claimed an 8-1 victory to wrap up doubles competition for the afternoon.

VSU shined the brightest on the day in singles play, taking four out six, starting with Yim Kim's 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 win against Kwok at No. 1. Navarro Bayo fell for the first time this season to Malte Christesen at No. 2 with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 loss, and Robin Marchione overtook Joachim Schemm 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.

The Blazers rebounded though, as Heitmann escaped his match at No. 4 against Alabaster with a 7-5, 6-4 win. Herbring took care of business at No. 5 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory, and Jasyk picked up a convincing 6-2, 6-3 win versus Davis at No. 6.

The win moved the Blazers to 3-2 overall on the season and dropped the Tars to 1-2.

No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic 9, Georgia Southerstern 0

AMERICUS, Ga. -- Armstrong Atlantic finally opened up the dual match season on Saturday, claiming a 9-0 win at Georgia Southwestern in Peach Belt Conference.

The Pirates (1-0) had previously had five dates either canceled or postponed due to weather, but finally got on the courts on Saturday against the Hurricanes (0-3).

Armstrong swept the doubles action to take a 3-0 lead against Georgia Southwestern. The No. 1 doubles duo of Pablo Gor and Jaan Kononov downed Valentin Demande and Jake Koonce 8-3 while the duo of Pedro Scocuglia and Damian Okrutny knocked off Stephen Moore and Oliver Marshall 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. Ignacio Hernandez and Luca Cerin finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-1 win against Abel Acuna and Darren Kenny at No. 3 doubles.

In singles action, the Pirates notched straight-set wins in all six matches to clinch the victory. No. 9-ranked Scocuglia claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win versus Demande at No. 1 singles, while No. 10-ranked Gor collected a 6-0, 6-3 win against Koonce at No. 2 singles. No. 39-ranked Kononov notched a 6-1, 6-0 win against Moore at No. 3 singles while No. 20-ranked Hernandez downed Marshall 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Cerin survived a second-set tiebreak to defeat Acuna, 6-2, 7-6 (4) at No. 5 singles and Okrutny picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win versus Joel Landis at No. 6 singles to wrap up singles play.

No. 3 West Florida 9, North Alabama 0

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- West Florida men’s tennis team defeated North Alabama 9-0 on the road Saturday afternoon. West Florida (4-0, 2-0 GSC) earns its second consecutive sweep of the season en route to the team’s second Gulf South Conference win.

West Florida got close wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to start off the day. Bruno Savi and freshman Pedro Roese earned a 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles while Alex Peyrot and Domenico Sano won 9-7 at No. 2 doubles. Elio Latella and Felipe Frattini won at number three doubles comfortably by a score of 8-1.

Savi moved to 4-0 on the season in singles play with a 6-1, 6-2 win against UNA’s Max Druppel. UWF freshman Douglas Boe won at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-2 while Frattini won 6-1, 6-0 at number three singles.

Latella moved to 2-0 in singles play with a 6-0, 6-3 victory in his second appearance of the season. Sano won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles while Roese won at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-0.

No. 4 Lynn 9, Eckerd 0

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Lynn earned its first Sunshine State Conference win of the season, defeating Eckerd 9-0 on Saturday afternoon. Mike Perez is now just four wins away from 400 for his career with the men’s team. The Fighting Knights improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the SSC.

In doubles play, Vlad Cirla and Roman Turtygin breezed to an 8-1 victory in the second spot against Stephen Felman and Nikita Valuishik. Javier Anegon and Zdenek Sevik finished second in the No. 3 position winning 8-5 against Luke Burton and Eddie Lewis. The top slot duo of Daniel Riggs and Paolo Volpocelli had their hands full, though, but came out victorious 7-5 in the tiebreaker to win 9-8 against Yosua Adiyasa and Frazier Springfield.

The Fighting Knights were able to clinch the win early as Tomas Porkop defeated Springfield with ease 6-0, 6-1 with Riggs winning by the same score against Valuiskikh. Playing in the top spot, 17th-ranked Cirladefeated his counterpart Adiyasa 6-3, 6-2 to wrap up the first half of singles play.

Pavle Mojha made his first appearance of the season in singles and did not disappoint as the 36th-ranked player highlighted the bottom draw of singles play with a 6-1, 6-0 performance against Lewis. Alessio Iannozzi was the fourth to finish, defeating Burton 6-1, 6-0. Volpocelli completed play around the same time as Mojha with a 6-1, 6-1 against Felman.

No. 5 Hawaii Pacific 6, UC Santa Barbara 1

MANOA, Hawaii -- Hawaii Pacific moved to 2-0 on the season with its second win against a Division I program. On Saturday, it was a dominant 6-1 win against UC Santa Barbara (2-4).

The fifth ranked Sea Warriors had little trouble in doubles play, the teams of Petr Michnev/Thibaud Berland and Jaume Martinez-Vich/Mattis Wetzel each doubled up their opponents by 8-4 scores. Adriano Locorotondo/Yann Renault were also victorious, edging the competition 8-7.Despite the clean sweep, HPU received just one point due to Division I rules.

The momentum carried over to singles play. In front of a big home crowd, Wetzel hammered his opponent by a 6-1, 6-1 count. Locorotondo wasn't far behind with a quick 6-3, 6-3 win on a sunny day in Manoa. Renault clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph as HPU showcased the depth of its lineup. Berland won his grueling match in comeback fashion, prevailing in the super tie break. Michnev also grinded out a win to give HPU a 6-0 lead.

No. 7 Lander 9, Limestone 0

GREENWOOD S.C. -- Lander earned its second shutout of the season Saturday when the Bearcats defeated Limestone College 9-0 in a non-conference match at the Joe Cabri Tennis Center.

Lander improves to 2-1 overall, while Limestone drops to 3-2.

In singles, No. 1 Vincent Verpeaux (LU) def. Antoine Le Dore (LC), 6-3, 6-1; No. 2 Ristomatti Lanne (LU) def. Lucas Guinski (LC), 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 Samuel Poutignat (LU) def. Benji Lascari Diaz (LC), 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 Niklas Terhorst (LU) def. Stefano Soares (LC), 6-3, 7-6; No. 5 Marc Hofer (LU) def. Giacomo Campus (LC), 7-5, 6-2; and No. 6 Vadim Fons (LU) def. Alex Poda (LC), 6-0, 6-2.

In doubles, No. 1 Oscar Axelsson/Adam Jonsson (LU) def. Antoine Le Dore/Benji Lascari Diaz (LC), 8-2; No. 2 Vincent Verpeaux/Ristomatti Lanne (LU) def. Lucas Guinski/Stefano Soares (LC), 8-2; and No. 3 Paulo Fernandes/Bernardo Bertolucci (LU) def. George Green/Alex Poda (LC) 8-0.