Oct. 18, 2012
Tallahassee, FL - Florida Atlantic University men’s tennis players had a productive start to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Southeast Regional, tallying three victories in singles qualifying on Friday in Tallahassee. Tournament play continues through Monday, October 22.
Sophomore Sean Bacha earned a straight-set 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Stetson University’s Hans Adrian Riseng. He will now play Georgia Southern’s Sofiane Chevallier on Friday, October 19, at 8 a.m. for the final qualifying spot in the main draw.
Bacha is looking to join sophomore Will Neuner and senior Jose Fantova in the singles draw. Both automatically qualified into the singles draw. Neuner will battle University of North Florida’s Pedro Davisson on Friday morning, while Fantova plays Florida State University’s Cristian Gonzalez Mendez in the first round.
In other Friday action, sophomore Chris Janssen picked up a three-set victory over University of Miami’s Mark Schanerman. The Deerfield Beach native won the deciding third set by a 6-4 score. He later dropped a three-set match to the University of Georgia’s No. 8-seeded Will Oliver in a qualifying round match. Janssen won the opening set 7-5, but dropped the final two sets by 6-2, 6-3 scores.
Fellow sophomore Robert Dubuque won a three-set match over Stetson’s Laurynas Antropikas 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to round out the opening day singles winners.
In doubles, the team of freshmen Matthew Samberg and John Nowak are preparing to battle the tournament’s No. 7-seeded team from Florida State. Neuner and Dubuque play a duo from Florida Gulf Coast University in the second round. Janssen and Fantova will team to play a pair from North Florida in the opening round. Rounding out the Owls’ Friday action will be sophomore Richard Meade and Bacha, which waits for a second round match.