Feb. 15, 2013
Daytona Beach, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team picked up its first spring victory with in convincing fashion, winning 7-0 over in-state opponent Bethune-Cookman University on Friday, February 15. The Owls will play two more matches over the weekend in Daytona Beach.
FAU dropped only one set while improving to 1-3 on the season.
The team seized momentum early, with senior Marlene Ryan and junior Stephanie Cardullo earning an 8-2 triumph at the No. 2 doubles position. Sophomore Taylor Briggs and freshman Claire-Mitchell Andrews clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 victory. Junior Natasha Phillips and sophomore Catalina Ene rounded out the winners in doubles with an 8-6 victory in the No. 3 match.
In singles, senior Natasha Basma recorded her first win of the season in a 6-0, 6-2 triumph in the No. 4 match. Other dominating performances came from sophomore Natalia Tomaszewicz, with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3, and Cardullo, who dropped just one game at No. 6. At the top of the lineup, Ene scored a 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (4) victory in the No. 1 match and Ryan won successive sets by 6-2 scores at No. 2. Phillips rounded out the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles.
FAU returns to the court on Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. against Florida A&M University. The team will also face Hampton University at 3 p.m. in Daytona Beach.
Florida Atlantic 7, Bethune-Cookman 0
No. 1 Catalina Ene (FAU) def. Chinatsu Kajiwara (B-CU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (4)
No. 2 Marlene Ryan (FAU) def. Maria Dimitrova (B-CU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) def. Gaby Chinchilla (B-CU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Victoria Galyaeva (B-CU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 Natasha Phillips (FAU) def. Ancia Ifill (B-CU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) def. Valentina Beresiarte (B-CU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 Claire-Mitchell Andrews/Taylor Briggs (FAU) def. Shereen Peterson-Paul/Galyaeva (B-CU) 8-3
No. 2 Cardullo/Ryan (FAU) def. Chinchilla/Kajiwara (B-CU) 8-2
No. 3 Ene/Phillips (FAU) def. Dimitrova/Ifill (B-CU) 8-6