WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 12, 2020) - After receiving word earlier in the day that the remainder of the 2020 season was going to be cancelled due to health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rollins men's tennis team had one final mission: go out on top in honor of their seniors. They were able to do just that, defeating St. Thomas Aquinas (NY) 5-2 on Thursday afternoon.
The Spartans took the initial point by winning two of three doubles matches. Gai Feigin and Atakan Gezer had the Tars up 1-0 after a convincing 6-2 win over Paul Voigt and Enej Hasicevic. The win put the season record for the duo at 3-0. Luke Taplin and Mitch Harrison were able to bring St. Thomas back by taking flight three against Mikkel Baumann and Freddy Danielson, 6-3. The point was awarded to the Spartans after Marcel Volz and Valentin Baranyi outlasted Luke Horan and Andrea Brignacca, 7-6.
The Tars were able to claim the match by winning five of six singles matches:
- Atakan Gezer made quick work of Baranyi with a 6-0, 6-0 straight set sweep in position three. The win was Gezer's fifth of the season.
- In flight four, Andrea Brignacca found similar success with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Voigt. It was the eighth singles victory in nine tries for the sophomore this year.
- The fifth pairing saw Freddy Danielson match Brignacca with a 6-1, 6-1 win versus Tony Khamassi.
- Leo Cordero took flight six with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Luke Taplin. Cordero wrapped his 2020 seaosn with a 4-1 record. His win also clinched the match point for Rollins.
- Senior Gai Feigin went out in style with a hard-fought 7-6, 6-3 win against Odysseas Papaioannau in position one. It was his second first position singles win of the season.
- Marcel Volz helped St. Thomas avoid the singles sweep by scraping past senior Luke Horan 7-6, 7-6.
With the win, Rollins finishes the 2020 season at 4-6, with five of their six losses were to nationally ranked teams. The Tars were heating up, winners of three of their last four, with a three-game tournament in Texas planned for the weekend. Nevertheless, it was a solid season for the boys, and they wil look to build on it for next year.