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Rattlers Strike Mercer Bears 5-2 In Men's Tennis
Release: Monday 03/02/2012 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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MACON, GA - The FAMU Rattlers men's tennis team carded a 5-2 victory over the non-conference Mercer Bears at the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center. The win was the Rattlers' third consecutive after a tough loss to Stetson University. With the win, the Rattlers improve to 6-5 on the season after a challenging non-conference schedule thus far.

In doubles, the area where the team has shown the most improvement, the Rattlers won the No.1 and No.2 spots, while dropping the No.3 doubles slot, to take the point. Levan Clark and Salif Kante defeated Victor Dias and Peter Tauchner 8-5 at the No.1 spot. The duo of Takura Happy and Chidi Gabriel disposed of Pierre Tafelski and David Barton. The Rattlers dropped the doubles contest in the No.3 slot, as Fabrice Myrtil and Temuera Asafu-Adjaye were defeated by Vincent DeLise and Joao Pagon 8-6. The Rattlers took the singles point and moved on to the singles matches.

Kante, playing near his previous school in Atlanta, struggled in the first set against Tafelski, but found a way to dominate him in three sets by the score of 5-7, 6-2 and 6-2 at the No.1. Clark made easy work of Tauchmer in a 6-3 6-2 victory at No.2. Happy, playing No.3, also made short work of Pagon in a 6-2, 6-4 win. Gabriel would win the final point for the Rattlers, defeating Dias 6-2, 6-1 in the No.4 slot.

The Bears would take the No.5 and No.6 slots as Asafu-Adjaye fell 6-3, 7-5 to DeLise and Myrtil was defeated by Dias 6-2,6-1.

The Rattlers will take on the University of North Florida on Mar.4 in Jacksonville, FL.


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