March 29, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Not only was Saturday afternoon senior day for Florida Atlantic University, but it also marked the last home match of a 12-match home stand for the Lady Owls (15-4). Maria Aguirre-Gomez and Jessica Burrow, FAU's two seniors, celebrated by engineering three points in a 5-2 victory over Middle Tennessee State University (7-10). The seniors combined to win their ninth consecutive doubles match, 8-6, as well as their singles matches. The tandem's doubles win was their first at no. 1.
Not long into singles play the seniors picked it up again. Aguirre-Gomez blew by Carien Venter, 6-1, 6-1, at no. 3. Five minutes later, Burrow finished off Emily Vest, 6-1, 6-0, at no. 6. Suddenly, thanks in large part to its two seniors, FAU had a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The match wasn't decided until Dvorakova polished off the nation's 50th ranked player. Dvorakova, winner of 16 consecutive singles matches, defeated Manon Kruse in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, at no. 1. Dvorakova has not dropped a match since January 17th.
With FAU leading 4-0, sophomore Krystel Borg put the icing on the cake. Borg won her match at no. 5, 6-4, 6-2.
Saturday's victory wraps up a strong 12-match home stretch for the Lady Owls in which they went 10-2. FAU finished 11-3 overall at home.
The Lady Owls next match will be against Virginia Tech, April 12, in Blacksburg Virginia. The match is scheduled for a 2:00 pm start.
1. Alena Dvorakova (FAU) def. Manon Kruse (MTSU) 6-2, 6-3.
2. Jennifer Klaschka (MTSU) def. Tania Rivera (FAU) 7-5, 7-6.
3. Maria Aguirre-Gomez (FAU) def. Carien Venter (MTSU) 6-1, 6-1.
4. Stacy Varnell (MTSU) def. Stephanie Beaulieu (FAU) 6-3, 6-4.
5. Krystel Borg (FAU) def. Laura McNamara (MTSU) 6-4, 6-2.
6. Jessica Burrow (FAU) def. Emily Vest (MTSU) 6-1, 6-0.
1. Aguirre-Gomez/Burrow (FAU) def. Kruse/Varnell (MTSU) 8-6.
2. Dvorakova/Karolina Roubickova (FAU) def. Venter/Vest (MTSU) 9-7.
3. Kruse/McNamara (MTSU) def. Borg/Rivera (FAU) 8-6.