WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 13, 2019) - The Rollins men's tennis team wrapped up their fall season with a strong finish to the annual Varner Invitational, hosted on the campus of Rollins. In addition to the Tars, teams from Eckerd, Florida Southern, Palm Beach Atlantic and Stetson competed over the weekend.
Atakan Gezer had the strongest showing in Singles Flight A, making a run to the final round. After receving a bye in round one, he was able to take out Eric Nordbloom of Florida Southern in a nailbiter, 1-6, 6-2, 11-9. In the final match, Gezer fell to Stetson's Fabian Penzhofer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Andrea Brignacca also played in Flight A, defeating Brandon Pham of Florida Southern 7-5, 7-5 before dropping his final two matches.
Flight B saw Casey Recci and Mikkel Baumann competing. Recci won his opening round matchup over PBA's Roberto Binaghi 7-6 (3), 2-6, 10-6, but then dropped his next two games. Baumann was the opposite. He lost in his first round match against Josh Laka of Stetson, but then rallied to defeat Eckerd's Pakrot Patel 6-2, 6-4 and Stetson's Dennis Moses to finish with a 2-1 record.
Three Tars battled in Flight C ... Quinn McLeod, Moritz Stenzer, and Freddy Danielson. All three players won their initial match to move on in the winner's side of the bracket. Danielson was able to take out Stenzer 6-0, 1-6, 10-8 to earn a bid in the final against Florida Southern's Oscar Sohl, who had previously defeated McLeod. Sohl came out on top over Danielson 7-6 (6), 6-2 to take first place. The 3rd place game between Stenzer and McLeod will be played in the near future with bragging rights on the line.
The final three Rollins competitors were Camp Priest, Leo Cordero, and Luke Horan in Flight D. Horan fared the best of the group, reaching the final against Florida Southern's Pablo Salamanca, but the senior fell 6-2, 6-3. Priest and Cordero met in the consolation semi-finals, with the junior Cordero defeating the freshman Priest. Cordero then went on to defeat Michael Pecikowski of Palm Beach Atlantic to claim the 5th place position.
In doubles, none of the Tars duos were able to place. The teams of Gezer/Brignacca (Flight A) and Recci/McLeod (Flight B) both finished with 2-1 records through their respective consolation bracket, however.