JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (5-13) shut down their second straight NCAA Division I program defeating Jacksonville University (0-7) 7-0
this afternoon. This win marks two more wins than last season (3-15) and two more wins to go to surpass their inaugural year’s record (7-12).
Tech followed the DI scoring system by counting the doubles as one point. Head Coach Bill Macom, who is a graduate of Jacksonville and a former coach
of the Dolphins, came away with a bittersweet victory by sweeping his alma mater 7-0 for the match.
In doubles action, the number one singles team was changed up for only the second time in the three year history of the Panther program. Junior Cliff Giel
(Savaneta, Aruba) found a new partner in senior Adam Outlaw (Mobile, Alabama). Both Giel and Outlaw took advantage of the change and pulled off an 8-2
victory against freshman brothers Clay and Cory Garrett (Jacksonville, Florida).
Junior Christian Smith (Arouca, Trinidad & Tobago) and freshman Jeremy Casperson (Jacksonville, Florida) left their opponents’ Matt Kampfe and Tim
Newman scoreless with an 8-0 final. The number three doubles match was awarded to Florida Tech by default.
In singles action, junior #13 Keith Kessler (Brooklyn, New York) picked up his 11th win defeating Clay Garrett 6-3, 6-3 in the #1 spot. Freshman Nick
Bonilla (Atlanta, Georgia) overcame Cory Garrett 7-5, 6-4 in the closest match of the day. Bonilla who is normally a #4 or #5 player picked up his first #2
In the #3 singles match, junior David Fowler (Barbados) grabbed another point for Tech winning 6-2, 6-0 against Newman. In the final singles match played,
Jacksonville native Casperson picked up his second victory of the day shutting down Matt Kampfe 6-0, 6-0 making his trip home a successful journey. The #5
and #6 singles matches were also won by Tech due to Jacksonville not being able to field a full team.