April 19, 2012
Denton, TX - The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team could not sustain early momentum and suffered a 4-1 loss to nationally ranked University of South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament on Thursday, April 19, in Denton, Texas.
USA is ranked 57th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national poll and is the No. 4 seed in this weekend's league tournament.
The Owls fought off three match points to clinch the doubles point. The freshman duo of Chris Janssen and Robert Dubuque rallied to win 9-7 at No. 2 doubles. That came after the all-conference team of junior Taylor Albrecht and freshman Will Neuner was victorious 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
USA came back to win four singles matches to capture the victory. Albrecht, at No. 1 singles, was the lone FAU player in contention for a victory, playing in a first-set tiebreaker when the match was ended.
"South Alabama was just better in singles than us today," admitted Brandon Stokes, FAU's head men's tennis coach.
The Owls close out the season with a 13-9 record. The team is set to return all seven players for next season.
No. 4 South Alabama 4, No. 5 Florida Atlantic 1
No. 1 Taylor Albrecht (FAU) vs. Romain Bocaert (USA), 6-6 unfinished
No. 2 Alex Bernard (USA) def. Chris Janssen (FAU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Daniel Leitner (USA) def. Will Neuner (FAU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Cody Hall (USA) def. Robert Dubuque (FAU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 Boris Bogomolov (FAU) vs. Dauw Kruger (USA), 1-6, 3-3 unfinished
No. 6 Hanno Bartsch (USA) def. Garrett Betsarakis (FAU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 Albrecht/Neuner (FAU) def. (USA), 8-6
No. 2 Janssen/Dubuque (FAU) def. (USA), 9-7
No. 3 def. Sean Bacha/Bogomolov (FAU), 8-5