Shortly after the program’s eighth trip to the NCAA National Championships, head coach Mike Perez and the Lynn University men’s tennis team have already started preparing for the future with the announcement of incoming freshman Ryan Neale signing a National Letter of Intent.
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.
The men’s tennis NCAA Division II National Championship bracket has been set, with Lynn University’s fifth-ranked Fighting Knights matched up against 13th-ranked Azusa Pacific University in the Round of 16. Lynn heads to Surprise, Ariz. on Monday, with the tournament set to commence on Wednesday, May 9.
The Lynn University athletic department hosted its seventh annual Student-Athlete Recognition Awards show on Wednesday evening, handing out a record 44 awards to Fighting Knight student-athletes while also inducting the 18th Hall of Fame class.
With the match tied 4-4, all eyes turned to Court 1 on Tuesday as two of the top singles players in the country battled it out to clinch the NCAA South Region II Championship for their school. Jean-Baptiste Mateo pulled through for the fifth-ranked Fighting Knights, giving Lynn a 5-4 upset victory over second-ranked Saint Leo and a ticket to the NCAA National Championships in Surprise, Ariz.
For the third time this season, Lynn University’s men’s tennis team bested a tough Embry-Riddle squad in a tight contest. On Monday, the fifth-ranked and third-seeded Fighting Knights took down the 21st-ranked and sixth-seeded Eagles in the first round of the NCAA South Region II bracket, 5-1.