March 15, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the University at Buffalo on Friday, March 15 at Patch Reef Park. Freshman Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff clinched the match with a three-set victory.
The Owls (5-9) took the doubles point after earning an 8-1 triumph by senior Jose Fantova and sophomore Will Neuner on the first court. The tandem of sophomore Robert Dubuque and Morin-Kougoucheff secured the point with a 7-2 victory in a tiebreaker.
Sophomore Richard Meade picked up a straight-set win at No. 6 singles 7-5, 6-4 over Buffalo's Sergio Arevalillo. Dubuque also won by 7-5, 6-4 scores on the fifth singles court.
The Bulls responded with wins in the No. 1, 2 and 4 singles matches to tie match at 3-3.
That's when Morin-Kougoucheff won the deciding third set 7-5 to defeat Sebastian Ionescu, giving the Owls the victory. Morin-Kougoucheff won the opening set also by a 7-5 score.
FAU returns to the court on Monday, March 18 at 2 p.m. when it battles Green Bay at Patch Reef Park.
Florida Atlantic 4, Buffalo 3
No. 1 Vusa Hove (UB) def. Jose Fantova (FAU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Damien David (UB) def. Will Neuner (FAU) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
No. 3 Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UB) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
No. 4 Pablo Alvarez (UB) def. Sean Bacha (FAU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Robert Dubuque (FAU) def. Ashwin Sharma (UB) 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 Richard Meade (FAU) def. Sergio Arevalillo (UB) 7-5, 6-4
No. 1 Fantova/Neuner (FAU) def. Akhil Mehta/David (UB) 8-1
No. 2 Dubuque/Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) def. Ionescu/Sharma (UB) 9-8 (2)
No. 3 Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik/Hove (UB) def. Bacha/Meade (FAU) 9-8 (5)