The Embry-Riddle men’s tennis team’s regular season campaign ended the same way it began; with a shutout. The Eagles (16-3), ranked second in the NAIA, snapped St. Leo’s six-match winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Lions, ranked 18th in NCAA II.
ERAU grabbed an early 3-0 advantage courtesy of a sweep in doubles. Chris Freeman and J.R. Leonik, and Peter Francis and Simon Felix registered 8-3 doubles victories at the second and third positions, respectively, and top-ranked Adrian Bayh and Patrick Besch completed the sweep with an 8-6 win over Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier at the top spot.
Only two singles matches were played to completion and both went to three sets. NAIA No. 1 Freeman was the first to finish his match, coming from behind to top NCAA II No. 42 Aloua Adjenak 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
At No. 3 singles, Felix easily topped Lozier 6-1 in the first set, but fell to the St. Leo sophomore 7-5 in the second. The third set was all Felix as the ERAU sophomore blanked Lozier 6-0 to clinch the Eagle victory.
The Eagles will now turn their focus to defending their Sun Conference tournament title. The tournament gets underway on Apr. 20 at ERAU’s Crotty
Tennis Complex. Pairings and match times are yet to be released.