March 23, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team extended its winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Towson University on Wednesday afternoon at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. The Owls have won nine of their last 10 matches to improve to 11-10 on the season - getting above the .500 mark for the first time this spring.
FAU rallied to capture the lone double point by winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 matches. Leading the charge was the duo of junior Justine Humair and sophomore Marlene Ryan, with an 8-4 triumph at No. 2 doubles. The tandem of junior Cassie Bergeson and sophomore Natasha Phillips earned an 8-6 win to give the Owls the early momentum.
The strong play continued in singles matches as the Owls won the opening set in four of the six matches, including a pair at 6-0 decisions.
Humair was one player who dominated the opening set on the way to a victory at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-2) - her 12th on the season, eighth in the last 10 matches and improved her record to 11-9 in matches played in the top singles position.
Sophomore Natasha Basma won her 10th match of the season with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the No. 3 position.
Senior Virginia Augustin clinched the team victory with a straight-set 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles, and junior Erika Mrazkova rounded out the victors with a come-from-behind triumph at No. 6 singles. She forced a third-set tiebreaker by winning the second set 6-3. Mrazkova then pulled out the tiebreaker, winning 10-8 for her third win this season at No. 6 singles.
The Owls will be back at Patch Reef Park on Thursday, March 24, as they battle Wright State University, starting at 1 p.m.
Florida Atlantic 5, Towson 2
No. 1 Justine Humair (FAU) def. Aandria Carr (TOW) 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Encarni Lizana (TOW) def. Marlene Ryan (FAU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
No. 3 Natasha Basma (FAU) def. Ioana Aprodu (TOW) 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 Kaitlin White (TOW) def. Cassie Bergeson (FAU) 2-6, 6-0, 1-1 ret.
No. 5 Virginia Augustin (FAU) def. Andrea Samlin (TOW) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 Erika Mrazkova (FAU) def. Nisha Shah (TOW) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8)
No. 1 Lizana/Samlin (TOW) def. Augustin/Basma (FAU) 8-5
No. 2 Humair/Ryan (FAU) def. Ariel Burke/Carr (TOW) 8-4
No. 3 Natasha Phillips/Bergeson (FAU) def. Beth Daub/Shah (TOW) 8-6