Jan. 19, 2013
Tampa, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team lost its 2013 spring dual match season opener, dropping a 6-1 match at nationally ranked USF on Saturday in Tampa.
"We fought the best we could today. We were playing a really tough and talented team in USF (ranked No. 51 nationally)," said Brandon Stokes, FAU's head men's tennis coach. "Our team is in a good place moving forward. It is exciting to begin the spring season with this group of guys."
The Owls' lone victory came as sophomore Will Neuner scored a straight-set No. 2 singles win over Federico Sabogal, ranked 105th in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association's poll. Neuner won by 6-4, 7-6 (5) scores for his 10th victory of the season and second win against a nationally ranked opponent.
FAU returns to the court on Sunday, January 27 when it battles Florida A&M in Orlando at San Lando Park, starting at 1 p.m.
USF 6, Florida Atlantic 1
No. 1 Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Jose Fantova (FAU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Will Neuner (FAU) def. Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz (USF) def. Rich Meade (FAU) 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 Guillermo De Vilchez (USF) def. Sean Bacha (FAU) 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 Ravi Patel (USF) def. Matthew Samberg (FAU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Everth Dzib (USF) def. Robert Dubuque (FAU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 1 Pramming/Gonzalez (USF) def. Fantova/Meade (FAU) 8-7
No. 2 De Vilchez/Patel (USF) def. Dubuque/Samberg (FAU) 8-2
No. 3 Acuna/Dzib (USF) def. John Nowak/Neuner (FAU) 8-6