WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 9, 2020) - In an intense match that lasted north of four hours, the Bluefield State Big Blues outlasted the Rollins Tars by a score of 4-3 on Monday afternoon in Winter Park.
The drama started early on with the three doubles matches. The Tars jumped out to an early lead when Gai Feigin and Atakan Gezer defeated Mohamed Belcora and Tom Schmieta on flight two, 6-2. Belcora and Schmieta were the #8 ranked doubles team in the ITA Atlantic Region coming into the day. The Big Blues tied things up when their flight three team of Luke Busse and Daniel Shasteen took down Mikkel Baumann and Freddy Danielson, 6-3. Bluefield State clinched the doubles point when Frederik Bau-Madsen and Mohamed Khalil, the #2 Atlantic duo, defeated Luke Horan and Andrea Brignacca, 6-4.
The two teams split the singles matches, 3-3:
- Gai Feigin earned the first Rollins point of the day with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 win over Frederik Bau-Madsen. It was the first flight one win for Feigin this season.
- Reigning SSC Plyer of the Week Atakan Gezer was next with a similar 7-5, 6-4 win against Mohamed Belcora. It was the second singles win in a row for Gezer, and fourth overall.
- Andrea Brignacca finished the sweep of the top half of singles play with a grueling 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Mohamed Khalil. The Italian has been nothing short of remarkable this year for Rollins, as this was his sixth singles win of the season.
With the Tars ahead 3-1, they needed only one more singles win to clinch the match. However, Bluefield State was not ready to go down without a fight.
- Flight five was the next to wrap up. Leo Cordero jumped out to an early lead against Luke Busse, winning the first set 6-1. However, Busse was able to battle back, taking sets two and three by identical 6-2 scores.
- Freddy Danielson suffered a similar fate against #29 Tom Schmieta. The junior from Memphis, Tennessee took the lead with a 6-2 set one win, but then dropped set two 6-4. In the third and final set, it took everything Schmieta had to defeat Danielson, 7-5.
- That left the sixth singles match as the deciding point. Casey Recci found himself on the singles court for the first time this year, and looked great in set one, winning 7-6 against Fabian Avail-Torres. Unfortunately, the England native could not replicate the success in sets two and three, losing 6-2, 6-4 to end the day.
The loss drops the Tars to 2-6 on the season. They will have a quick turnaround with a match scheduled against Ferris State on Tuesday at home. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.