Altamonte Springs, Fla. - The No. 19-ranked NYIT men's tennis team faced a tough 5-1 loss to No. 5-ranked Armstrong Atlantic Wednesday night in the NCAA Round of 16 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Bears (21-6) and Pirates (19-6) dealt with a lengthy weather delay that postponed the match twice due to thunderstorms. NYIT's season comes to a close for the second straight year at the hands of AASU in the Round of 16.
Armstrong won two of three doubles to take a key 2-1 lead heading into singles play. NYIT picked up its lone point of the match as Nicolas Auruccio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Francisco Aparicio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) defeated Ignacio Hernandez and Damian Okrutney 8-3 at the No. 2 spot.
In singles play, No. 21-ranked Pablo Gor earned a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Nicolas Heintz (Strasbourg, France) at No. 4 singles to put the Pirates up 3-1. No. 20-ranked Jaan Kononov then fought off an early 5-1 first-set deficit to upend No. 47-ranked Julio Pulido (Caceras, Spain) 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. The Pirates earned their final point when Luca Cerin defeated Rafal Charkiewicz (Opole, Poland) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
NYIT split the set at No. 1 singles as Aparicio rebounded from a 6-1 loss in the first set to win 6-2 in the second. He was down 1-2 when the match was called. Auruccio rallied though a tiebreaker to win set one 7-6(4) at the No. 3 spot. He was down 4-3 when the match ended. Matej Selecky (Bratislava, Slovakia) faced a tough 7-5 loss in the his first set at No. 6 singles. He was leading 5-4 in the second but was unable to finish.
Provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.