BOCA RATON, Fla. – Two of the newly ranked top-6 teams in Division II matched up on Wednesday evening with No. 6 Columbus State University knocking off Lynn University's third-ranked men's tennis team in nonconference play, 8-1.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: CSU 8, Lynn 1
Records: #6 CSU (11-2), #3 Lynn (10-4)
Location: Perper Tennis Complex | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: CSU leads 3-1
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cougars took two of the three doubles matches and never looked back.
- Lynn notched its lone win of the day at No. 2 doubles as Kay Bartmann and Jose Porfirio Ordonez pulled out a big 8-6 victory.
- CSU won at the top doubles flight, 8-2, and at No. 3, 8-4.
- In singles, the Cougars locked in three quick straight-set victories to clinch the match.
- Bartmann went up early and battled with the second-ranked singles player in the country, KP Pannu, to a tight three-set match at No. 1 singles. Pannu pulled out a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over 59th-ranked Bartmann.
- Gabriel Hocevar won his first set at No. 4, 6-2, but was forced to retire with the second set knotted up at 4-4.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Fighting Knights were without Jean-Baptiste Mateo, who has been playing at the top singles flight and is ranked No. 8 in the country in singles.
- These two teams faced off each of the past two regular seasons, with CSU winning 5-4 last year and Lynn winning 5-4 the year before.
- With the Lynn women also losing to CSU tonight, both of Lynn's tennis programs lost at home on the same night for the first time since April 3, 2016, when Saint Leo defeated Lynn 5-4 in both matchups.
Lynn returns to conference play this weekend with a 1 p.m. match at Embry-Riddle on Saturday, March 24.