WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 12, 2012) - Top-ranked Lucas Jovita cruised and 11th-ranked Jeff Morris scored a huge upset, but No. 8 Rollins fell to No. 5 Lynn 7-2 in both schools Sunshine State Conference openers Sunday.
After an undefeated fall in Division II play, Jovita fell in his first action of the spring, but has since won two straight, beating 12th-ranked Vlad Cirla 6-4, 6-2 in the top-flight match Sunday.
The No. 2 match proved to be the best of the day as 11th-ranked Morris won a three-set thriller over fifth-ranked Willi Wolfer, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. Wolfer was the 2011 SSC Player of the Year and is a two-time All-America selection, finishing last season ranked fifth in Division II.
Lynn (2-0, 1-0 SSC) earned an early advantage with a sweep in doubles play. Fourth-ranked Cirla and Amaury Van Haelen teamed to defeat Jovita and Jason Alabaster 8-5 in the No. 1 match while eighth-ranked Wolfer and Luca Pavanelli won 8-4 over Ari Davis and Malte Christesen. George Laffey teamed with Max Kouyate to win the No. 3 match over Morris and Constintin Sturdza 8-1.
The Fighting Knights took each of the lower four singles matches in straight sets.
After facing a pair of top-five NCAA Division II teams and the second-ranked team in NAIA to start the season, Rollins next meets 12th-ranked Flagler on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Lynn University vs Rollins
2/12/12 at Winter Park, Fla.
(Tiedtke Tennis Courts)
#5 Lynn University 7, #8 Rollins 2
1. #1 Lucas Jovita (RC) def. #12 Vlad Cirla (LUM) 6-4, 6-2
2. #11 Jeff Morris (RC) def. #5 Willi Wolfer (LUM) 6-4, 3-6, 10-6
3. #49 Luca Pavanelli (LUM) def. Sebastian Hafner (RC) 6-1, 6-2
4. Max Kouyate (LUM) def. Ari Davis (RC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Amaury Van Haelen (LUM) def. Jason Alabaster (RC) 7-5, 6-1
6. Benji Kendall (LUM) def. Constantin Sturdza (RC) 6-1, 6-4
1. #4 Vlad Cirla/Amaury Van Haelen (LUM) def. Lucas Jovita/Jason Alabaster (RC) 8-5
2. #8 Willi Wolfer/Luca Pavanelli (LUM) def. Ari Davis/Malte Christesen (RC) 8-4
3. George Laffey/Max Kouyate (LUM) def. Jeff Morris/Constantin Sturdza (RC) 8-1
Lynn University 2-0, 1-0 SSC; National ranking #5
Rollins 0-3, 0-1 SSC; National ranking #8
Official: Mike Luffler