WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 17, 2012) - Rollins led after doubles but saw Northwood come back strong in singles as the eight-ranked Tars fell to the 37th-ranked Timberwolves 5-4 Saturday.
The loss halts Rollins' four-match winning streak and drops its record to 8-5 on the year. Northwood stays perfect at 8-0.
In doubles to start the day, Lucas Jovita and Malte Christesen teamed to beat Florian Boggia and Jean Menard 8-5 in the No. 2 match. Jason Alabaster and Constantin Sturdza took Hugo Lasserre and Youri Perrin 8-1 in the No. 3 match to give the Tars an early edge.
Rollins was without 11th-ranked Jeff Morris in singles play and was forced to juggle the line-up. Top-ranked Jovita made easy work of Mebounou 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 1 flight while Christensen downed Oliveira 7-6(5), 6-3 a No. 3.
NU scored three doubles points to tie the score at 4-4 with just the No. 5 match to be decided. Strudza took the first set off Perrin 6-2 before NU took the second set 7-6(6) and evented the count. Perrin went on to win 7-5 in the third to score the victory for Northwood.
Rollins is back in action on Monday, March 19 hosting Ouachita Baptist.
Northwood vs Rollins
3/17/2012 at Winter Park, Fla.
(Tiedtek Tennis Courts)
#37 Northwood 5, #8 Rollins 4
1. #1 Lucas Jovita (RC) def. Teddy Mebounou (NU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Jean Menard (NU) def. Sebastian Hafner (RC) 6-1, 6-0
3. Malte Christesen (RC) def. Marcus Oliveira (NU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
4. Florian Boggia (NU) def. Jason Alabaster (RC) 6-4, 6-1
5. Youri Perrin (NU) def. Constantin Sturdza (RC) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
6. Hugo Lasserre (NU) def. Ari Davis (RC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
1. Teddy Mebounou/Marcus Oliveira (NU) def. Ari Davis/Sebastian Hafner (RC) 8-2
2. Lucas Jovita/Malte Christesen (RC) def. Florian Boggia/Jean Menard (NU) 8-5
3. Jason Alabaster/Constantin Sturdza (RC) def. Hugo Lasserre/Youri Perrin (NU) 8-1
Northwood 8-0; National ranking #37
Rollins 8-5; National ranking #8