No. 6 Lynn Upends No. 17 Men's Tennis Team
Thursday, February 23, 2006
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lynn University captured two of three doubles matches and added four wins in singles play for a 6-3 win over Florida Gulf Coast University in Southeast Region men’s tennis action at the FGCU Tennis Complex Thursday afternoon. The No. 6 Knights improve to 5-0 on the season. No. 17 FGCU drops to 1-1 in dual match play. The win snapped a two-match winning streak for FGCU against Lynn. After the Eagles’ top doubles tandem of seniors Juan Carlos Osorio (Quito, Ecuador) and Tim Offerman (Hamburg, Germany) picked up a victory over the Knights’ Manny Galel and Lorenzo Cava, Lynn came back to win the next two points. Regnier Azevedo and Dennis Verduin held off Alberto Gutierrez (Bogotá, Columbia) and Gavin Manders (Warwick, Bermuda) 8-6 in the second spot. Dennis Riegraf and Julien Carsuzaa followed with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles over the Eagles’ freshman tandem of Edson Lima (Brasilia, Brazil) and Danny Lee (Naples, Fla.). Osorio, the third-ranked singles player in Division II, closed the scoring gap with a two-set win (6-3, 6-4) at No. 1 singles over Cava, but Lynn captured the next four singles matches to seal the win. Carsuzaa knocked off Gutierrez 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 while Riegraf, ranked No. 18 in Division II singles, knocked off countryman Offerman 6-1, 6-3 in the third spot. Macko dispatched Manders in two sets (6-2, 6-3) at No. 4 while Azevedo held off Lee with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win at No. 5. Lima picked up the Eagles other point with a three-set, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory at No. 6 singles. FGCU returns to the courts when they travel to Florida Tech for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday.