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Berry of Georgia Defeats Men's Tennis, 6-3, in Florida

Zach O'Leary Orlando, Fla.-- March 17, 2010 -- The Berry men's tennis team picked up a second consecutive victory on Wednesday by defeating Springfield College, 6-3, in a Spring Break match in Orlando. With the win, Berry improves to 2-3 this season. Springfield falls to 1-3 overall, and 0-2 on the Spring Break trip.

For the second day in a row, Mark Saporsky's match was the clinching victory for the Vikings. After falling 1-6 in the first set, he rallied to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-2 for the three-set win.

Marcelo Peterlini downed Trevor Romanzi 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles, while Daniel Mician defeated Tim Tunis by the same score at No. 2 singles. The two players also combined for a win at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, over Tunis and Romanzi.

The Vikings claimed a 2-1 edge after the doubles portion of the match. Elliott Echols and Mark Surls won 8-1 over Kevin Leahy and Ben Burnapy at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles. however, Zach O'Leary and Jesse Boyd were victorious, 8-6.

Berry's Steven Weeks picked up a win in dramatic fashion as he beat John Schrank, 14-12, in a third-set super-tiebreaker. Weeks won a tiebreaker 7-4 to claim a 7-6 win in the first set, but lost 3-6 to Schrank in the second set.

Springfield picked up a win at the No. 3 singles position, where Burnap won in three sets. O'Leary also picked up a singles win at the No. 4 position by defeating Echols, 10-6, in a third-set super-tiebreaker.

Springfield willcontinue to play on Thursday (Mar. 18) with two matches, one against Augustana at 9:00 am, and then a second versus St. Scholastica at 6:30 pm.

Team Score -- Berry def.Springfield, 6-3

Mician/Peterlini (BC) def Romanzi/Tunis (SC), 8-3
Echols/Surls (BC)def Burnap/Kevin Leahy(SC), 8-1
O'Leary/Jesse Boyd(SC)def. Will Murphy/Saporsky (BC), 8-6

Marcelo Peterlini (BC)def.Trevor Romanzi(SC), 6-0, 6-1
Daniel Mician (BC)def.Tim Tunis(SC), 6-0, 6-1
Ben Burnap(SC)def. Jonathan Surls (BC), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4
Zach O'Leary(SC)def. Elliot Echols (BC), 6-1, 6-7 (7),10-6
Mark Saporsky (BC)def.Eric Henne(SC), 1-6, 6-2,6-2
Steven Weeks(BC)def.John Schrank(SC), 7-6 (4), 3-6, 14-12

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