MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (April 28, 2013) – The sixth-ranked Rollins men's tennis team saw its season come to an end Sunday, falling 5-4 to 15th-ranked Saint Leo in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament. The match lasted almost four hours, with three matches taking three sets to decide a winner.

Rollins season ends with a record of 13-11 while the Lions (16-5) advance to play host Barry in the second round.

In what was a rematch of last weekend’s SSC Tournament third place match where the Tars bested the Lions, 5-4, Rollins took a one-point lead after doubles on Sunday. In the top flight, 17th-ranked Will Kwok and Jason Alabaster defeated Aloua Adjenak and Jake Fleischer, 8-1.

The Lions tied things up with a win in the No. 3 match before Malte Christesen and Robin Marchione beat Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier, 8-5, in the No. 2 flight.

In singles, Leo tied things up with a win in the No. 5 match before Marchione and Christesen picked up victories in the No. 3 and No. 2 matches, respectively, to give Rollins a 4-2 lead.

Unfortunately for the Tars, the Lions went on to win the remaining three points to close the match. Jacobo Gonzalez winning the deciding match for Saint Leo in the No. 6 spot in three sets over Rollins’ Jacobo Herrero, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Saint Leo vs Rollins

04/28/13 at Miami Shores, FL
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)

#15 Saint Leo 5, #6 Rollins 4

 Singles competition 

1. #18 Aloua Adjenak (SLM) def. #29 Will Kwok (RC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

2. Malte Christesen (RC) def. Bruno Sisti (SLM) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

3. #34 Robin Marchione (RC) def. Victor Lozier (SLM) 6-4, 6-3

4. #28 Matt Nicholson-Lewis (SLM) def. Sebastian Hafner (RC) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2

5. Ismail Lemtouni (SLM) def. Adrian Di Felice (RC) 7-5, 6-2

6. Jacobo Gonzalez (SLM) def. Jacobo Herrero (RC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

 Doubles competition 

1. #17 Will Kwok/Jason Alabaster (RC) def. Aloua Adjenak/Jake Fleischer (SLM) 8-1

2. Malte Christesen/Robin Marchione (RC) def. Matt Nicholson-Lewis/Victor Lozier (SLM) 8-5

3. Bruno Sisti/Ismail Lemtouni (SLM) def. Adrian Di Felice/Cooper Maxwell (RC) 8-6

Match Notes:

Saint Leo 16-5; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #5

Rollins 13-11; National ranking #6; Regional ranking #4

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,3,2,4,1,6)

NCAA South Region Semifinals