WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2014) – The ninth ranked Rollins men’s tennis team opened their 2014 season on Saturday, defeating Palm Beach Atlantic, 7-2, on the road.

The Tars are now 1-0 while the Sailfish fall to 0-1.

Rollins jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. First, the fifth ranked team of Will Kwok and Jason Alabaster defeated Nicolas Uryson and Mark Heimberger 8-3 in the No. 1 spot before the duo of Jacobo Herrero and Ari Davis were victorious in No. 3 doubles, defeating Nicholas Battistini and Matt Leeds, 8-4

In singles play, No. 38 Malte Christesen fell in the No. 1 spot but the Tars swept the remaining four matches. No. 23 Robin Marchione, Adrian Di Felice, No. 34 Alabaster, Herrero, and Davis each earned wins in their first match of the season.

The Tars will welcome Warner to Winter Park on Tuesday for a scrimmage before resuming regular season play on Saturday, Feb. 8 at home against Armstrong Atlantic. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.

#9 Rollins 7, Palm Beach Atlantic University 2
02/01/14 at West Palm Beach, Fla. (Gaines Park)

Singles competition

1. Nicolas Uryson (PBAM) def. #38 Malte Christesen (RCM) 6-3, 7-5
2. #23 Robin Marchione (RCM) def. Romain Nowaczyk (PBAM) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-1)
3. #34 Jason Alabaster (RCM) def. Mark Heimberger (PBAM) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
4. Adrian Di Felice (RCM) def. Asti Adams (PBAM) 6-1, 6-1
5. Jacobo Herrero (RCM) def. Nicholas Battistini (PBAM) 6-3, 6-2
6. Ari Davis (RCM) def. Giancarlo Taracena (PBAM) 6-0, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #5 Will Kwok/Jason Alabaster (RCM) def. Nicolas Uryson/Mark Heimberger (PBAM) 8-3
2. Romain Nowaczyk/Asti Adams (PBAM) def. Malte Christesen/Robin Marchione (RCM) 8-4
3. Jacobo Herrero/Ari Davis (RCM) def. Nicholas Battistini/Matt Leeds (PBAM) 8-4