MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Panthers (1-7 men/2-4 women) fell 8-1 in men’s action and 9-0 in women’s action against regional opponent Florida Gulf Coast
On the men’s side the lone victory came from the #2 singles action where #27 Cliff Giel (Savaneta, Aruba) defeated #46 Albert Guttieriez 6-1, 6-4. #17
Florida Gulf Coast won every other match with Tech pulling points from each except the #4 singles and #3 doubles match. Surprisingly, junior Keith Kessler
(Brooklyn, New York) lost his second straight singles match to Juan Carlos Osario #3 6-3, 6-1. In the #3 singles and #6 singles action Tech’s Diego Quiros
(Quesada, Coast Rica) and Nick Bonilla (Atlanta, GA) fell 6-0, 6-4 and 6-4, 6-1 respect ively.
Freshman Christina Kieber (Schruns, Austria) also made his collegiate debut today at the #4 spot in singles and #3 spot in doubles with senior partner Adam
Outlaw (Mobile, Alabama), who also made his first season appearance.
On the women’s side, the Panthers fell 9-0 to the #22 FGCU Eagles. #48 Maria Braniecka defeated Michaela Horvathova (Bratislava, Slovakia) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 in
an extra set after Horvathova came back to teak the second set in a tough fought battle.
The tandem of Horvathova and Belen Pandre (Buenos Aires, Argentina) fell to #25 Braniecka and Hileman 8-4, while the #2 pair Nicole David (Fort Pierce,
Florida) and Viktorija Bredelyte (Klaipeda, Lithuania) also fell 8-4. The only other points the Panthers managed came from the #5 singles action of
freshman Stephanie Monaco (Mount Sinai, New York) who fell 6-0, 6-1 to Kinley. Monaco made her fist appearance at the #5 spot due to Pandre’s being pulled
from the line-up due to an injury sustained during the doubles action.
The Panthers will be back in action when the men face Northwood on Tuesday at noon at Fee Avenue. Both teams host SUNY-Oneonta in a double header also at
noon at the Fee Avenue Courts.