Feb. 21, 2003
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic University, ranked no. 75 in the nation, held off no. 64 Florida International University on way to posting a 4-3 victory Friday afternoon. Maria Aguirre-Gomez won the decisive point at no. 3 that secured the win for the Lady Owls.
FAU started the match off strong by winning the doubles point and taking an early 1-0 lead. Jessica Burrow and Maria Aguirre-Gomez coasted to an 8-3 win at no. 2, while Atlantic Sun player-of-the-week Alena Dvorakova teamed with Karolina Roubickova for a victory at no. 1.
In singles, Dvorakova quickly defeated Desanka Jovanovic at no. 1, 6-1, 6-2. Then Krystel Borg followed with a win at no. 5. Suddenly, FAU was up 3-0, but the Golden Panthers fought back. FIU won the next two matches and pulled within 3-2, with two matches carrying over into the third set.
That's when Aguirre-Gomez stepped up to win her vital match. After dropping the first set 3-6, Aguirre-Gomez stormed back to win the second set 6-1. Then in the third set, Aguirre-Gomez and Bruna Discordia battled to a 6-6 tie before Aguirre-Gomez won the tie break in 5.
With the win, FAU has now won four consecutive and holds a 6-2 record. The Lady Owls will look to keep the streak alive when they next host the University of Central Florida on February 27.
1. Alena Dvorakova (FAU) def. Desanka Jovanovic (FIU) 6-1, 6-2.
2. Mei Ly (FIU) def. Karolina Roubickova (FAU) 6-3, 6-4.
3. Maria Aguirre-Gomez (FAU) def. Bruna Discordia (FIU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6.
4. Christine Suard (FIU) def. Tania Rivera (FAU) 6-3, 6-4.
5. Krystel Borg (FAU) def. Davina Duronio (FIU) 6-2, 6-3.
6. Courtney Jonson (FIU) def. Jessica Burrow (FAU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
1. Dvorakova/Roubickova (FAU) def. Discordia/Ly (FIU) 8-6.
2. Aguirre-Gomez/Burrow (FAU) def. Duronio/Jovanovic (FIU) 8-3.
3. Suard/Jonson (FIU) def. Rivera/Stephanie Beaulieu (FAU) 9-7.