MELBOURNE, FL – The Florida Tech Panthers (2-12) started off ahead taking two of the three doubles matches in men’s tennis today at the Fee Avenue Courts.
Tandem #17 juniors’ Cliff Giel (Saventa, Aruba) and Keith Kessler (Brooklyn, New York) overcame junior Arturo Solis (Guatemala, Guatemala) and his partner
senior Maciek Prytula (Szczecin, Poland), 8-4, at No. 1.
Junior pair David Fowler (Barbados) and senior Diego Quiros (Quesada, Costa Rica) bested Washington senior Tim Riskie (Woodbury, New Jersey) and freshman
Brian Danver (Montgomery Village, Maryland) 8-5 at No. 2. The Shoreman took the third doubles play 8-3 from the Panthers. Junior Christian Smith (Arouca,
Trinidad and Tobago) and freshman Jeremy Casperson (Jacksonville, Florida) fell to freshmen Anantha Bhaskar (Chennai, India) and Rafael Roldan (Quito,
Ecuador) in the three spot.
Again Tech’s top two Kessler and #27 Giel shut down their opponents in the #1 and #2 singles competition. Kessler defeated Solis 6-2, 6-4 in a tough
battle, while Giel easily put away Riskie 6-1, 6-1 finishing early.
The Shoreman overtook Tech at the #3, #5 and #6 singles action. Quiros fell to Bhaskar 6-2, 6-3 not making an easy defeat. Fowler started off his match
tough taking 4 games in the first set 6-4 and then folding in the second set 6-0. In the #6 spot, Casperson lost 6-2, 6-1 to Roldan.
The deciding point came down to the heated battle at the Number Four position. Smith started off rocky losing the first set 6-1, but cam back to shut down
Edison 6-2 in the second set. The Tie breaker unfortunately did not fall in the Panthers favor with Smith falling 6-4.
This is the fourth time Tech has come down to one point and lost in a tight battle. The Panthers will host University of Indianapolis tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.
at the Fee Avenue Courts.