Senior Jose Fantova clinched the match with a three-set triumph at No. 1 singles
March 4, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team defeated regionally ranked University of Pennsylvania of the Ivy League 4-3 on Monday, March 4 at Patch Reef Park. The win marked the Owls' third victory of the spring season.
FAU, 3-7, grabbed early momentum in the match by capturing the doubles point. Senior Jose Fantova and sophomore Will Neuner won the last four games to defeat Penn's top doubles tandem 8-5. Then, sophomore Robert Dubuque and freshman Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff broke the service game of Jeremy Court and Vim De Alwis to clinch the point 8-6.
The Owls' strong play continued in singles matches, taking a 3-0 lead with straight-set victories by Neuner and Dubuque. Neuner earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Court in the No. 2 match, while Dubuque dropped only two games to win the No. 6 match by identical 6-1 scores.
Penn, 6-2, got on the scoreboard with a straight-set win on the No. 5 singles court. However, FAU's Fantova secured the match with a hard-fought, three-set triumph at No. 1 singles. He won the opening set 6-2 and won the deciding frame without losing a game.
FAU returns to action on Wednesday, March 6 at 2 p.m. against Georgetown University of the Big East Conference from Patch Reef Park.
Florida Atlantic 4, Penn 3
No. 1 Jose Fantova (FAU) def. Nikola Kocovic (PENN) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
No. 2 Will Neuner (FAU) def. Jeremy Court (PENN) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Ismael Lahlou (PENN) def. Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Zach Katz (PENN) def. Matthew Samberg (FAU) 7-6 (1), 6-2
No. 5 Vim De Alwis (PENN) def. Sean Bacha (FAU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Robert Dubuque (FAU) def. Austin Kaplan (PENN) 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 Fantova/Neuner (FAU) def. Katz/Kocovic (PENN) 8-5
No. 2 Dubuque/Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) def. Court/De Alwis (PENN) 8-6
No. 3 Kyle Roth/Sylvester Wee (PENN) def. Bacha/Samberg (FAU) 8-6