March 4, 2013
Palm City, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis got back in the win column by not dropping a match in a commanding 7-0 victory over the University of South Dakota on Monday, March 4. The match was played on clay courts in Palm City.
FAU, 6-4 for the season, quickly won the doubles point with an 8-1 victory by senior Marlene Ryan and junior Stephanie Cardullo in the No. 2 match. Then, senior Natasha Basma and sophomore Taylor Briggs clinched the point with an 8-3 win on the third court. Senior Natasha Phillips and sophomore Natalia Tomaszewicz also won atop the doubles lineup.
In singles, Basma dropped only two games in the No. 2 match to give FAU a 2-0 advantage. Cardullo dropped only three games in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over South Dakota's Nina Barudzic on the fourth court.
Later, Ryan clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the leadoff spot. The winning continued as Phillips improved to 5-0 on the season with a straight-set victory 7-6 (2), 6-2 over Yamini Reddy.
Briggs rounded out the winners, capturing the No. 5 match in three sets. She won the second set, 6-4, before defeating Veronika Makashov in the tiebreaker 10-5 to complete the sweep.
South Dakota now has a 5-4 record for this spring season.
FAU returns to the court on Wednesday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. when it hosts Michigan State University of the Big Ten Conference from Patch Reef Park.
Florida Atlantic 7, South Dakota 0
No. 1 Marlene Ryan (FAU) def. Milica Pavlovic (SD) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Michelle Elkin (SD) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) def. Hafsa Laraibi (SD) 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) def. Nina Barudzic (SD) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Taylor Briggs (FAU) def. Veronika Makashov (SD) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (5)
No. 6 Natasha Phillips (FAU) def. Yamini Reddy (SD) 7-6 (2), 6-2
No. 1 Phillips/Tomaszewicz (FAU) def. Pavlovic/Tortosa Bernabeu (SD) 8-3
No. 2 Cardullo/Ryan (FAU) def. Elkin/Laraibi (SD) 8-1
No. 3 Basma/Briggs (FAU) def. Makashov/Barudzic (SD) 8-3