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Owls Cruise Past Wildcats

April 10, 2005

BOCA RATON, FL - In its final regular season match prior to next week's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, Florida Atlantic University cruised past visiting Bethune-Cookman College, 5-2, in Boca Raton. The Owls improved to 7-11 overall while the Wildcats lost their 11th straight match and dropped to 4-15.

The Owls started the match doing something they had not done all year and that was sweeping all three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead. In singles, Mauricio Paiz defeated Terry Powell, 6-0, 6-0, at no. 6 to give FAU a 2-0 lead.

F.J. Schofield made it 3-0 when he blanked Fernando Marcato in straight sets at no. 2. The Owls clinched the victory when David Demers won, 6-0, 6-1, at no. 3 to make it 4-0. Gianfranco Dossena picked up the last win and point for FAU with a victory at no. 5.

Florida Atlantic now sets its sights on the A-Sun Tournament this Thursday through Sunday in DeLand, FL. FAU is the no. 6 seed and faces no. 11 Gardner-Webb Thursday at 11:30am. Should the Owls win, they will face no. 3 UCF Friday afternoon in a quarterfinal. The semifinals will be held on Saturday with the championship taking place on Sunday.

Florida Atlantic 5, Bethune-Cookman 2

1. Thabani Sithole (BCC) d. Antonello Magris (FAU) 6-3, 6-7, 10-8.
2. F.J. Schofield (FAU) d. Fernando Marcato (BCC) 6-0, 6-0.
3. David Demers (FAU) d. Pablo Magor (BCC) 6-0, 6-1.
4. Jerome Ward (BCC) d. Kevin Obletz (FAU) 7-5, 6-3.
5. Gianfranco Dossena (FAU) d. Davion Lewis (BCC) 6-2, 6-0.
6. Mauricio Paiz (FAU) d. Terry Powell (BCC) 6-0, 6-0.

1. Dossena/Magris (FAU) d. Magor/Sithole (BCC) 8-5.
2. Paiz/Schofield (FAU) d. Marcato/Ward (BCC) 8-1.
3. Demers/Obletz (FAU) d. Lewis/Powell (BCC) 8-0.



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