Feb. 6, 2010
A late rally by the Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team fell short as Georgia Southern University spoiled the Owls' home opener on Saturday afternoon 5-2 at Patch Reef Park.
FAU falls to 2-3 on the season and the loss halts a two-match winning streak. Georgia Southern improves to 1-0 on the spring season.
Freshman Natasha Basma picked up a convincing straight-set victory at No. 5 singles to put the Owls on the scoreboard. Basma battled through a tough opening set to win 7-5 but then cruised to a 6-0 score to pick up her second straight singles victory.
The Owls momentum continued when senior Natalia Totevska earned a come-from-behind victory in the No. 2 singles position. She dropped the first set 7-5 but was able to win the second set by getting a break of serve late in the frame 6-4 and carried the momentum to a 10-4 win in a third set tiebreaker.
Sophomore Dominique Wimmer fought back to force a third set tiebreaker after dropping the opening set. She fell in a hard fought match at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 1-0 (7).
FAU returns to the court on Sunday, February 7 at Lynn University at 2 p.m. in Boca Raton.
Georgia Southern 5, Florida Atlantic 2
#1 Ali Beavers (GSU) def. Justine Humair (FAU) 6-2 6-1
#2 Natalia Totevska (FAU) def. Natalie Maffett (GSU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (5)
#3 Melanie Rolle (GSU) def. Cassie Bergeson (FAU) 6-3, 6-2
#4 Kristi Kegerreis (GSU) def. Erika Mrazkova (FAU) 6-3, 6-4
#5 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Jessica Fuller (GSU) 7-5, 6-0
#6 Ashley Hungerford (GSU) def. Dominique Wimmer (FAU) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (7)
#1 Humair/Bergeson (FAU) def. Beavers/Maffett (GSU) 8-6
#2 Kegerreis/Hungerford (GSU) def. Basma/Mrazkova (FAU) 8-4
#3 Rolle/Beeler (GSU) def. Totevska/Wimmer (FAU) 8-4