BOCA RATON, FL (March 24, 2010) -- Senior Lawrence Harradine led by example as the Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team cruised to a decisive 7-0 victory over Wright State University on Wednesday in a Senior Day Match at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.
The Owls improved to 10-6 on the season, including an 8-4 mark in home matches. FAU has now won 10 or more matches for three straight seasons. The 7-0 victory was the third time that the team has swept an opponent - all coming at Patch Reef Park. Harradine couldn't have imagined a better way to close out his home career as he was victorious in both doubles and singles.
"It was good to go out a winner," said Harradine. "At the beginning of the day, it was emotional because the guys and coaches are so close. We are truly a family."
Harradine, a native of Barcelona, Spain, helped clinched the doubles point with an impressive 8-3 victory in the No. 1 match with freshman Georg Matschke. Later, he picked up a straight-set victory 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
"I returned really well. That helped me dictate some of the points," said Harradine. "I got caught up in the moment during my first match point, but just told myself to finish out on my terms."
Junior Joshua Scholl secured the team victory with a straight-set win at No. 4 singles. The Pompano Beach native dropped only five games.
"It was important for us to win after losing a close match against Princeton (on March 21)," said Scholl. "It is now up to us to keep it rolling heading into the Sun Belt Shootout."
Scholl also picked up an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles with junior Ervin Garibovic. He feels the team is close to finding a strong lineup that could be competitive in post-season events.
"We're getting settled on a lineup in doubles," said Scholl. "This was the second match that Ervin and I have played. We felt more comfortable with each other." Freshman Georg Matschke dropped only four games in cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.
"I have been gaining confidence during the last few matches," said Matschke. "I have been working on my returns to help out my serve."
Other FAU singles winners were junior Marc Abdelnour, who rallied from dropping the opening set to win his seventh straight match at No. 1 singles; junior Ervin Garibovic, who won by identical 6-3 scores at No. 3 singles; and freshman Matthew Braunworth, who picked up a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles. Abdelnour teamed with sophomore Derek Madon at No. 3 doubles.
FAU returns to the court on April 2 when it participates in the Sun Belt Shootout in Troy, Ala. The tournament's schedule will be determined at a later date.