Smoljan rallies as Eagles score huge 5-4 win at No. 3 Lynn

Josip Smoljan rallied from a one-set deficit to win at No. 3 singles and clinch a 5-4 team win over Lynn.
Josip Smoljan rallied from a one-set deficit to win at No. 3 singles and clinch a 5-4 team win over Lynn.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 21, 2013) – Josip Smoljan rallied from a one-set deficit to win at No. 3 singles, providing the decisive team point as No. 10 Oklahoma Christian upset No. 3 Lynn (Fla.) 5-4 on Thursday at the Perper Tennis Complex.

OC (9-2) posted its most impressive win of the season on the road against the highest-ranked team the Eagles have played in 2013. The only other loss this season for Lynn (13-2) came to No. 2 West Florida.

All three doubles matches were close, with the Eagles prevailing in two of them, which proved to be key. Bruno Tiberti and Martin Poboril edged Lynn’s Willi Wolfer and Vlad Cirla 9-7 at the No. 1 position, and at No. 2, Julio Pulido and Nicolas Auruccio held off Lynn’s Max Kouyate and Pavel Mohja 8-6.

Alessio Iannozzi and Simon Gloeckner gave the Fighting Knights their only doubles point at No. 3, beating OC’s Paulo Roessle and Smoljan 8-6.

Lynn won at the No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions, while OC took the No. 1 match (with Tiberti beating Wolfer 6-0, 6-3) and No. 4 (with Pulido beating Kouyate 7-6, 6-2). That meant the No. 3 singles match would be decisive.

Iannozzi won the first set over Smoljan 6-0, but Smoljan came back to win the second set 7-6 in a tiebreaker, then clinched the match with a 6-3 win in the third set.

The win is likely to vault the Eagles higher in the top 10 when the new Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division II rankings are released next Wednesday.

The Eagles will be off until April 4, when they will host Midwestern State (Texas) in their home opener at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond.