Surprise, Ariz. – A come-from-behind win at No. 2 doubles prevented a costly sweep but a slow start overall put the Lynn University men's tennis team in a hole they were not able to dig out of on Tuesday in sweltering hot Arizona. The fifth-ranked Fighting Knights fell to 13th-ranked Azusa Pacific University, 5-1, in the Round of 16 at the 2018 NCAA National Championship.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Azusa Pacific 5, Lynn 1
Records: #13 Azusa Pacific (27-2), #5 Lynn (17-7)
Location: Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex | Surprise, Ariz.
All-Time Series: Azusa Pacific leads 1-0
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn trailed early in all three doubles matches but was able to mount a comeback at No. 2 to prevent the sweep.
- The Cougars scored the first two points of the afternoon with an 8-3 win at No. 3 and an 8-6 victory at No. 1.
- Jose Porfirio Ordonez and Jean-Baptiste Mateo were down big early at No. 2 doubles, but fought back for a 9-7 triumph and Lynn's lone point of the day.
- In singles, Lynn appeared to be fighting back with first-set wins at No. 5 and No. 6, but APU notched quick 6-1, 6-4 victories at both the first and third flights to build a 4-1 advantage.
- The Cougars sealed the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Blue and White have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 16 consecutive seasons. Their 2018 trip to the NCAA national tournament was the program's eighth overall and first since 2012.
- The Fighting Knights won the national championship in 2007.
- Lynn posted 15+ wins in a season for the 14th consecutive year.
- Lynn and Azusa Pacific met in men's tennis for the first time in program history.
- This match was the only first-round contest in the 16-team field at nationals that featured a pair of teams nationally ranked in the top 15.
- Mateo had quite the three-year career in the Blue and White. He is a two-time All-Sunshine State Conference Singles First Team selection, a 2017 ITA All-America honoree in singles and is only one of two players in program history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning second-team accolades last season. Mateo finishes with an impressive 52-5 (91.2%) singles record with a 44-18 mark in doubles.
- Tristan Houle played two seasons at Lynn, finishing with a 29-11 career singles record and 27-16 doubles tally,
- APU's top three singles players are all ranked within the nation's top 50, including the squad's top player, Oliver Frank, who is ranked No. 3 and holds a 23-1 record this season at the top position.