The Stetson men's tennis team (2-0) defeated Flagler College
(0-1) by a score of 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.
The Hatters improved to 2-0 on the
season, building on their win over St. John's in the season-opener.
In doubles play, freshmen Cahit Kapukiran (Izmir, Turkey)
and Laurynas Antropikas (Palanga, Lithuania) had no trouble in their match,
winning 8-2 against Inigo Landaluce and David Espinosa.
Senior Didrik Berg (Oslo, Norway) and junior Hans Adrian
Riseng (Oslo, Norway) then defeated Jose Martinez and Peter Coulis 9-7 in a
thrilling doubles match to secure the point for the Hatters.
Egor Panyushkin (Moscow, Russia) and Chester Espie
(Auckland, New Zealand) finished off the doubles sweep by defeating Stephan Stolz
and Bruno Padhila 9-7.
"Flagler doubles were outstanding today," Director of Tennis
Pierre Pilote said after the match. "Both teams played extremely well. It was a
great doubles point."
"I can't emphasize enough how important the momentum from
the doubles is," Espie said on Saturday.
"It really is important going into singles play."
The Hatters took that momentum into singles and won all six
matches. Freshman Simon Julin (Stockholm, Sweden) was the first to finish in
singles, defeating Stolz 6-1, 6-0. Fellow freshman Panyushkin followed with a
6-0, 6-2 victory over Padilha.
Kapukiran, for the second match in a row, sealed the victory
with his singles win. He defeated Landaluce 6-2, 6-3. Espie followed that with
a 6-4, 6-0 win against Espinosa, and Antropikas was next to finish, picking up
a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Coulis.
Berg won the final match of the day, defeating Martinez 6-3,
3-6, 6-2. "Our team again played very
confidently in singles," Pilote said. "Didrik
is showing the way and our young squad is following his lead."
The men's tennis team has a lengthy break before its next
match. The Hatters play host to Florida A&M on Sunday, Feb. 17. That match
is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.