March 9, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team could not hold off a singles rally by Cleveland State University in falling 4-3 on Saturday, March 9 at Patch Reef Park.
The Owls won the doubles point when senior Natasha Phillips and Catalina Ene picked up an 8-6 victory in the deciding match on the third court. The team evened the doubles competition with an 8-5 win by senior Marlene Ryan and junior Stephanie Cardullo in the No. 2 match.
FAU quickly took a 3-0 lead with straight-set victories by Ene (6-2, 6-4) at No. 2 singles and a win by senior Natasha Basma (6-3, 6-2) in the No. 3 position.
Meanwhile, Cleveland State's rally began with straight-set wins on the fourth and sixth singles courts. Junior Stephanie Cardullo dropped a hard-fought three-set match by 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5 scores at No. 5 singles to square the match.
In the deciding match, senior Marlene Ryan fell 6-3 in the deciding third set after she won the second set by a 6-2 score.
FAU falls to 6-6 on the season and returns to the court on Friday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. against Southern Illinois University from Patch Reef Park.
Cleveland State 4, Florida Atlantic 3
No. 1 Mathilde Orange (CSU) def. Marlene Ryan (FAU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 Catalina Ene (FAU) def. Alex Bush (CSU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Alex Power (CSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Kara Sherwood (CSU) def. Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 Maria Lazaris (CSU) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 Nicole Janet (CSU) def. Taylor Briggs (FAU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 Bush/Sherwood (CSU) def. Claire-Mitchell Andrews/Briggs (FAU) 8-3
No. 2 Cardullo/Ryan (FAU) def. Lazaris/Power (CSU) 8-5
No. 3 Natasha Phillips/Ene (FAU) def. Janet/Orange (CSU) 8-6