Jan. 4, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Freshman Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff picked up his first collegiate victory to highlight the Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team's performance in the opening day of the FAU Invitational on Friday at Patch Reef Park.
"Overall, it was a successful first day in hosting our invitational. All the student-athletes, coaches and fans had a really positive experience," said Brandon Stokes, FAU's head men's tennis coach. "Patch Reef Park did a fantastic job in setting everything up. The weather was fantastic and everything went on schedule."
The four-team invitational features nationally ranked opponents Indiana University and the University of Louisville along with regionally ranked Radford University. The Owls played singles matches on Friday against Indiana and Louisville.
Playing in his second collegiate match, Morin-Kougoucheff rallied to defeat Louisville's Michael Lippens 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the No. 4 singles flight.
"It was a very tough match against a nationally ranked team. The match was close and I was able to win the deciding points to win the third set 7-5," said Morin-Kougoucheff. "I gained confidence after winning the second set."
Freshman Matthew Samberg dropped a hard-fought match in the No. 3 singles flight to Louisville's Austin Siegel 7-5, 6-4. He also suffered a hard-fought loss to Indiana's Sam Onettte by 6-3, 6-4 scores.
The Owls return to the court on Saturday, January 5 at 8 a.m. with doubles matches against Indiana and at approximately 9:30 a.m. against Louisville. Then, FAU will wrap up single play against Radford. The invitational schedule also features Louisville facing Radford in singles play at 8 a.m. and Indiana meeting Louisville in singles at around 11 a.m.
Live results will be posted on the FAU Athletics Twitter Page @FAUOwlAthletics
Patch Reef Park is located at 1200 Yamato Road in Boca Raton.
Florida Atlantic vs. Indiana Singles
No. 1 Flight - Josh MacTaggart (IU) def. Jose Fantova (FAU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 Flight - Isade Juneau (IU) def. Will Neuner (FAU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Flight - Sam Monette (IU) def. Matthew Samberg (FAU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Flight - Dimitrije Tasic (IU) def. Sean Bacha (FAU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Flight - Daniel Bednarcyzk (IU) def. Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Flight - Elliott Yee (IU) def. John Nowak (FAU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 7 Flight - Alekzander Davila (IU) def. Robert Dubuque (FAU) 6-2, 6-2
Indiana vs. Louisville Doubles
No. 1 Flight - Juneau/MacTaggart (IU) def. Siegel/Stiefelmeyer (UL) 8-4
No. 2 Flight - Gornet/Wagner (UL) def. Monette/Yee (IU) 9-8 (1)
No. 3 Flight - Bednarczyk/Tasic (IU) def. Elizondo/Lippens (UL) 8-5
No. 4 Flight - Brown/Derognat (UL) def. Davila/Essick (IU) 8-6
Florida Atlantic vs. Louisville Singles
No. 1 Flight - Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (UL) def. Will Neuner (FAU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 Flight - Albert Wagner (UL) def. Jose Fantova (FAU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Flight - Austin Siegel (UL) def. Matthew Samberg (FAU) 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 Flight - Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) def. Michael Lippens (UL) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 Flight - Chris Simich (UL) def. Robert Dubuque (FAU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Flight - Luis Elizondo (UL) def. Sean Bacha (FAU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 7 Flight - Alex Gornet (UL) def. John Nowak (FAU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 8 Flight - Van Damrongsri (UL) def. Richard Meade (FAU) 6-3, 6-0