WINTER PARK, Fla.– Florida Tech fell 7-2 to the Rollins’ College Tars in Sunshine State Conference action today at the Bert W. Martin Tennis Complex and
Copeland Tennis Stadium. The Panthers are now 3-13 on the season and 0-5 in the SSC, while the Tars improve to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in the SSC.
Junior Cliff Giel (Savaneta, Aruba) , the 27th ranked singles player in the nation, downed Jonathan Gomez 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 match, but that would be
all the Panthers would get as Rollins rolled to straight set wins in the six remaining matches.
Despite losing five singles matches, the Panthers managed to at least grab one or more games from each individual’s sets not being blanked by any one
Tar. Nineteenth ranked Carlos Custodio took junior Keith Kessler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 slot with Adrian Tan winning his match, 6-0,
6-1 over freshman Nick Bonilla (Atlanta, Ga.).
Brian Compton won the No. 4 match for Rollins over senior Diego Quiros (Quesada, Costa Rica) 6-4, 6-1 with 48th ranked David Tafur winning 6-1, 6-1 over
junior Christian Smith (Arouca, Trinidad & Tobago) in the No. 5 position. Albin Hubscher improved to 7-2 on the year with a 6-3, 6-3 close match over
junior David Fowler (Barbados) in the No. 6 singles match.
Crimson and Gray’s own #17 Kessler and Giel downed Rollins’ Custodio and Compton 8-6 for a Florida Tech point in the No. 1 doubles match. Rollins won the
other two doubles with Tan and Michael Schwartz downing the pair Quiros and Fowler 8-4 in the No. 2 position and Gomez and Tafur taking Tech’s tandem Smith
and Jeremy Casperson (Jacksonville, Fla.)8-2 in the No. 3 match.