March 14, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Winning four of the six singles courts fueled the Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland State University in a hard-fought match on Wednesday at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.
The Owls improve to 8-4 on the season and have won consecutive matches after defeating the University of Albany 6-1 on March 13.
FAU took an early lead with victories by junior Marlene Ryan and freshman Catalina Ene at No. 2 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Ryan picked up a straight-set 6-1, 6-4 win, while Ene came out on top in a three-set match, winning the deciding third set by a commanding 6-0 score.
The Owls return to the court on Tuesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. against Towson at Patch Reef Park, 2000 West Yamato Road in Boca Raton.
Florida Atlantic 4, Cleveland State 3
No. 1 Justine Humair (FAU) def. Catrine Bjerrehus (CSU), 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 Marlene Ryan (FAU) def. Maria Lazaris (CSU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Kara Sherwood (CSU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Nicole Janek (CSU) def. Cassie Bergeson (FAU), 7-5, 7-5
No. 5 Catalina Ene (FAU) def. Alex Power (CSU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
No. 6 Mengdi Liu (CSU) def. Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU), 7-5, 6-1
No. 1 Power/Bjerrehus (CSU) def. Natasha Phillips/Tomaszewicz (FAU), 8-7 (4)
No. 2 Janek/Lazaris (CSU) def. Erika Mrazkova/Basma (FAU), 8-6
No. 3 Liu/Sherwood (CSU) def. Taylor Briggs/Humair (FAU), 8-6 (6)