CONCORDIA MEN'S TENNIS OPENS SEASON WITH STATEMENT TRIP TO FLORIDA
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 7, 2011) – The Concordia College men's tennis team started its spring season with a statement trip to Florida, including wins over four ranked teams and highlighted by a victory over the nation's No. 1 team and last year's national champion, Barry University. After the impressive week, Concordia improved to eighth in the latest national poll.
The Clippers concluded their Florida trip against top-ranked Barry on March 4. The Clippers, who fell to Barry in last season's NCAA semi-finals, got some revenge with a 6-3 victory.
Andrey Boldarev and Daniele Piludu teamed up at the number one doubles flight to give the Clippers their first point with an 8-6 victory. Felix Missal and David Tisserand followed with an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Barry responded with a win at No. 3 to make the score 2-1 entering singles.
Barry collected two points at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions. Piludu fell in straight sets 3-6; 4-6 at No. 2, while Tisserand took his match to three sets, but fell 0-6; 6-0; 2-6.
The remaining four Clippers were able to step up and earn the last four points of the day to pull off the upset. Boldarev was victorious at the No. 1 singles flight, defeating the current #1 singles player in the country with a three set victory 6-1; 2-6; 6-4. Tamas Dobrotka got a win at No. 4 with a straight set 6-3; 6-4 victory for the team's fourth point of the match. Geza Bazula went to three sets as well at No. 5, collecting a 7-6 (8-6); 0-6; 10-6 win. The sixth and final point for the Clippers was earned by Andreas Lindell at No. 6 singles, where he earned a straight set 6-4; 7-6 (9-7) victory to complete the upset.
With the win over Barry, the Clippers collected a perfect 4-0 performance in Florida and returned to New York with a 6-0 overall mark. The next three matches for the Clippers will take place on March 14th, 15th, & 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to the win over Barry, Concordia notched three wins in three days over Embry-Riddle, which is the No. 3 team in the NAIA rankings, No. 17 Flagler and No. 6 Rollins. The Clippers won, 5-4, at Embry Riddle on March 1, followed by a 5-4 triumph over Flagler on the 2nd, and a 6-3 triumph over Rollins on the 3rd.
Boldarev and Dabrotka enjoyed great trips, as each went 3-1 in singles and doubles. Boldarev manned the No. 1 singles and double spots, while Dobrotka played No. 4 singles and second doubles. Lindell also picked up three singles wins.