MELBOURNE, Fla. (men’s tennis) — The Florida Tech Panthers fall 8-1 against #26 Florida Southern Mocs in a Sunshine State Conference men’s tennis match today
at the Fee Avenue Courts.
The #15 nationally ranked and #4 regionally ranked tandem of Keith Kessler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Clifford Giel (Savaneta, Aruba) pulled off Tech’s lone win
on the day downing Mocs’ pair Michael Knoedler and Roman Schirmaier 9-8 in a tough fought match.
Freshman Jon Hanna (Nassau, Bahamas) and senior Christian Smith (Arauca, Trinidad) pulled off five points in a 8-5 loss to #10 regionally ranked team of
Justin LaFlamme and Greg Heartt at the number two doubles position.
Two Panthers managed to take sets from their conference single opponents. Giel who fell 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the #1 singles match was bale to take the second
set 6-2 from #6 regionally ranked Michael Knoedler. Sophomore David Fowler (St. James, Barbados), who has up until today been undefeated at the #5 spot
also, took his opponent Greg Heartt to a tiebreaker set ultimately falling 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 despite having match point five times in the tie-breaker.
Tech will be back in action on President’s Day where they travel to St. Petersburg to face more conference play against Eckerd College on Monday the 19th
at 2:00 p.m. The Panthers are now 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the SSC while Florida Southern is 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in the conference.
Tennis Match Results
Florida Southern vs Florida Tech
2/16/07 at Melbourne, Fla.
#26/#3 Florida Southern 8, NR/#8 Florida Tech 1
1. #26/#6 Michael Knoedler (FSM) def. Clifford Giel (FTM) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
2. Roman Schirmaier (FSM) def. NR/#13 Keith Kessler (FTM) 6-3, 6-1
3. Guenther Fercher (FSM) def. Christian Kieber (FTM) 6-0, 6-1
4. Justin LaFlamme (FSM) def. Jonathan Hanna (FTM) 6-1, 6-3
5. Greg Heartt (FSM) def. David Fowler (FTM) 6-3, 5-7, 13-11
6. Ray Duyungan (FSM) def. Christian Smith (FTM) 7-6, 6-2
1. #15/#4 Keith Kessler/Clifford Giel (FTM) def. Michael Knoedler/Roman Schirmaier (FSM) 9-8
2. #10 Justin LaFlamme/Greg Heartt (FSM) def. Jonathan Hanna/Christian Smith (FTM) 8-5
3. Guenther Fercher/Ray Duyungan (FSM) def. Jeremy Casperson/Adam Outlaw (FTM) 8-1
Florida Southern 3-0, 2-0 SSC; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #3
Florida Tech 3-3, 0-2 SSC; Regional ranking #8
Official: Hagar Bryant… Time -3:15 Attendance-30