One week after an impressive showing at the HBCU Nationals, Bethune-Cookman faces its toughest challenge of the fall schedule this weekend at the C.L. Varner Invitational in Orlando.
WHY SO TOUGH?: Outside of the men's trip to the University of Florida, B-CU will be going up its strongest field of the season with representation from UCF, USF, Stetson and FAU as well as Barry, Lynn and Armstrong Atlantic - all ranked in the top five of Division II.
"The Division II teams may be stronger than the Division I teams," said B-CU Head Coach Tim Pleasant.
MEN'S UPDATE: Moritz Pronath, who won the "C" Flight last week at the HBCU Nationals, is back on the sidelines with a torn meniscus. Stefan Burnett will make his fall debut in Pronath's place. Juan Varon and Seve Day had their seven-match win streak snapped in the "A" flight doubles. In singles play, Leo Lima, Diego Garavito and Day each have 5-4 record through three tournaments
WOMEN'S UPDATE: Shareen Peterson-Paul has won two flights in as many weekends. The senior is now 7-3 on the season, as is sophomore Chinatsu Kijawara. After two winless weekends, freshman Ancia Ifill broke into the "W" column by taking two matches last week.