March 6, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team showed signs of progress despite dropping a home match, 4-2, to East Tennessee State University on Sunday afternoon at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. The Owls fall to 2-8 on the season.
"I liked the way we competed against a quality opponent," said Marcy Hora-Cava, FAU's head women's tennis head coach. "The difference in the match was just a couple of points. We were not able to execute those plays."
FAU's two points came at the top of the singles lineup. Sophomore Marlene Ryan rallied to win a three-set decision at No. 2 singles. After splitting the first two sets, the Delray Beach native won the deciding third set by a 6-3 score. Ryan leads the team with six singles victories.
Fellow sophomore Natasha Basma picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. The win was her second this spring in No. 3 singles play.
The Owls' No. 1 singles player, junior Justine Humair, lost in three sets by 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 scores.
FAU will return to the court on Monday, March 7, for a home match against the College of Charleston at Patch Reef Park, starting at 2 p.m.
East Tennessee State 4, Florida Atlantic 2
No. 1 Kelly Holtzhausen (ETSU) def. Justine Humair (FAU) 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 2 Marlene Ryan (FAU) def. Paula Jaime (ETSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Marine Wielieczko (ETSU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Karina Kedzo (ETSU) def. Cassie Bergeson (FAU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Diana Navrostska (ETSU) def. Erika Mrazkova (FAU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Giulia Andreazza (ETSU) def. Natasha Phillips (FAU) 6-1, 6-1